Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Celebrate International Women's Day by Supporting Women in STEM

A royal visit for a good cause

Updated 03/08/18

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It's International Women's Day, and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are celebrating it with a very special gesture. On Thursday, the couple stepped out on a royal visit to Birmingham in England, where they attended an event aimed at breaking down stereotypes and encouraging girls to study male-dominated STEM fields.

According to U.K.'s The Mirror, the event took place at Millennium Point, a venue for projects and activities surrounding science, technology, engineering, and math. Almost as soon as they arrived, Markle was spotted having adorable rapport with the crowds of children who had gathered to see her. She bent down and asked them if they were keeping warm enough, The Mirror reported, and shared a hug with a schoolgirl who had been waiting out in the cold.

And although the couple was there to encourage girls to pursue jobs in STEM, one girl was inspired by Markle's past career in the arts. After she reportedly told Prince Harry she wanted to be an actress, he brought her over to talk to the former Suits star. "He said, 'You need to be confident and you can achieve whatever you want to achieve,'" she later told The Mirror. "Meghan said that one day she will see me being an actress."

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Meghan looked cool and confident during the excursion in a belted wool coat by J.Crew (which is—shocker—already sold out), Alexander Wang cigarette trousers, a cream-hued turtleneck sweater by AllSaints, and an Altuzarra black leather saddle bag.

Once the couple entered Millennium Point, they were off exploring the wonders of technology. The pair ended up trying on VR goggles, and Markle even learned how to "hack the web," helping a group of girls edit websites. "I love being here to see this on International Women's Day. You're using your brain in a really challenging way," she said, The Mirror reports. "You must have brains the size of a planet," Prince Harry added. "And you can't just come in today, do this, and leave. You've got to carry it on."

Later on, Prince Harry and Markle sat in the front row as students talked about the women who've inspired them. "A woman in the face of society is seen as one who has to be pretty, thin, and quiet," Markle said. "The one who dares to fly in the face of all these stereotypes is the best kind of role model a young female can have."

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