Prince Harry Joins Michelle Obama For Surprise Visit To Chicago High School

Britain’s Prince Harry joined Michelle Obama for a surprise visit at a Chicago high school on Tuesday. The prince arrived in Chicago for the inaugural summit of the Obama Foundation, an organization launched by former President Barack Obama that has been talked about all year. Prince Harry is a huge supporter of the Obamas and is backing their mission to make the world a better place in many respects when it comes to opportunity and encouraging young people to use their voice. The prince will also be one of the key speakers for the Obama Foundation event.

People Magazine reports that the prince and Michelle Obama surprised students at Hyde Park Academy to showcase the roster of leaders who’ll take part in the Obama Foundation’s programming and events. Mrs. Obama also wanted Prince Harry to visit the foundation’s surrounding community.

According to the report, the prince and former first lady spent time with about 20 students at the high school, which is located across the street from where the Obama Presidential Center will be constructed on the city’s South Side. Caroline Adler Morales, who served as Michelle’s communications director, released a statement about the discussion that Prince Harry and Mrs. Obama had with the Chicago students.

“The warm and wide-ranging conversation, lasting over an hour, covered how the Obama Presidential Center will showcase the South Side of Chicago for a global audience, the importance of young people staying inspired and hopeful, and the transformative power of students using their voices to change the world.”

The report notes that the public high school consists mostly of African-American population. Barack Obama appeared at the high school in 2013 to meet with students participating in the “Becoming a Man” program.

In addition to Prince Harry speaking at the inaugural summit, Chance the Rapper and activist, Dolores Huerta, will speak as well.

Prince Harry is also promoting the work of the Full Effect project, which is an initiative in the U.K. focused on broadening opportunities for young people. The 33-year-old prince made several visits to the St. Ann’s area of Nottingham, where the project is active in early intervention, mentoring, and training young people in an effort to steer them away from getting involved in violence and crime.

Barack and Michelle Obama’s bond with Prince Harry has been evident over the years since the former first lady helped support his Invictus Games that were held in Orlando, Florida. The former met up with Harry in September for the 2017 games held in Toronto. Their mutual interests in building solid, productive communities for people of all backgrounds are intended to make a positive impact on society.

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