Prince Harry And Michelle Obama Surprised Teens At A Chicago High School

"We have to listen to the younger generation because they are the cure of some of the world's biggest problems."

Britain's Prince Harry was always scheduled to participate in the inaugural summit of the Obama Foundation in Chicago on October 31, but the young royal and special guest Michelle Obama veered from the plan slightly when they headed over to nearby Hyde Park Academy and spent time with a group of high school 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," Caroline Adler Morales, the former first lady's communications director, told People.

In a post on Instagram, Obama thanked Harry for helping her surprise the Hyde Park Academy students and added, "We were blown away by their passion, ambition and talent!"

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According to People, Obama specifically wanted to bring Prince Harry to Hyde Park Academy to illustrate the caliber of world leaders who will take part in the foundation's programming and events and visit the surrounding community.

ABC News reports the former first lady also wished to introduce her friend to about 20 of the future leaders at Hyde Park Academy who are inspiring their generation and will participate in the Obama Foundation's upcoming work.

A series of tweets from Kensington Palace confirmed Harry's visit to Hyde Park Academy, and reiterated he and Obama spoke to the students about the "importance of young people staying inspired and the power of students using their voices to change the world."

Given Prince Harry's enduring relationship with the Obamas and interest in motivating young people, his impromptu visit to Hyde Park Academy doesn't exactly come as a surprise, but that's not all he did during his time at the Obama Foundation's inaugural summit.

Per the Kensington Palace Twitter account, at the request of the Obamas, Harry also talked to an audience of young civic leaders about the Full Effect project — a Nottingham-based organization aimed at identifying and supporting children and young people from becoming involved in youth violence and crime through a combination of early intervention, mentorship, and training — and his work to provide platforms for young people interested in leadership.

He even introduced Mr. Obama to Full Effect partner Chantelle Stefanovic, and offered some encouraging words to the audience. 

 "The younger generation in the world has turned me into an optimist," he said, later adding, "We have to listen to the younger generation because they are the cure of some of the world's biggest problems."

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