LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – With a choreographed dance routine and loads of British and American flags, college students on the Los Angeles school attended by American actress Meghan Markle saluted their most famous alumna on Tuesday, days earlier than she is to wed Britain’s Prince Harry.
Students on the non-public all-girls Catholic Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School gathered in a grassy courtyard within the shadow of the famed white Hollywood signal to toast Markle with glasses of glowing lemonade and roar with approval.
Many college students stated they had been impressed by Markle, who has described herself as an activist, humanitarian and feminist.
“Just the fact that she’s done so many great things in our world and that now she’s marrying Prince Harry – marrying a prince from a different country, and she’s not royal, it’s, like, such an honor to do that,” stated Ashley Stoneburner, 12, within the sixth grade.
Markle, 36, graduated from Immaculate Heart in 1999. The unbiased school of about 670 complete excessive school and center school college students was based in 1906, and boasts actress Mary Tyler Moore and supermodel Tyra Banks as graduates.
Harry, 33, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and the sixth-in-line to the British throne, and Markle will marry on Saturday at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
“To know that I would have a fellow sister who’s going in to the Royal Family, who’s an advocate for women’s rights, it really shows that what we learn here really does carry out into the real world, and so I’m really happy about that,” stated Amber Creasey, an 18-year-old within the twelfth grade initially from London.
Although the school’s hillside setting of neatly stored grounds, inexperienced lawns and an open air pool might be seen as an emblematic Southern California idyll, college students had extra pragmatic ideas on whether or not they might develop into a princess, too.
“I know that I’m not going to marry a prince, although all the princes are too young, but it makes me feel like, as a woman, I can do anything and I can be empowered by Meghan,” stated seventh grader Amina Brenlini, 13.
“She’s, right now, my biggest inspiration because she started from, like, she started from low and worked her way up, and now she’s marrying a prince of England,” Brenlini added.
Additional reporting by Jill Serjeant; Writing by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Michael Perry