A teenage girl signed on to a virtual mentoring session and was surprised to see Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on her screen.
To celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, Meghan and Harry encouraged others to “unleash a groundswell of real acts of compassion,” with suggestions on their Archewell Foundation website.
The idea was to “tutor a teenage girl who is navigating high school on her computer” which Meghan, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, took on firsthand.
Through volunteer organization L.A. Works and the “I Have a Dream” Foundation, which works to ensure children have the opportunity to pursue higher education, Meghan and Harry were set up with a teenage girl who recognized her mentors right away.
“She had this moment of surprise and excitement when she got on the phone with the Duke and Duchess,” L.A. Works Executive Director Deborah Brutchey tells PEOPLE.
“She knew of them, she knew a lot, she had been following Meghan’s story quite a bit, so she was very excited that she had the opportunity to speak with them.”
Brutchey says that the young woman was “really moved” by Meghan and Harry’s “compassion, humility and wisdom.”
“It was really significant for her because they saw her potential in a few short minutes, which actually really undid some damage that had been previously caused by a former teacher’s doubt,” she explains. “It was just amazing how they were able to connect and how their compassion, in just a short conversation, really made an impact and is going to forever inspire her.”
The teenager’s chat with Meghan and Harry went beyond just schoolwork.