Meghan Markle Borrowed Kate Middleton’s Signature Parenting Move During Her Latest Surprise Event

Meghan Markle is taking a page out of sister-in-law Kate Middleton’s book. The Duchess of Sussex just borrowed the Duchess of Cambridge’s go-to parenting move.

ICYMI: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently made a surprise appearance at Baby2Baby’s drive-through charity event in Los Angeles. The L.A.-based nonprofit organization held a socially distanced distribution of school necessities at Knox Elementary School on Wednesday. During the outing, the couple distributed items to families in need who are preparing for the new academic year.

“Thank you to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex for joining our team to help us distribute school supplies, clothing, hygiene items, food and more to children who need these basic essentials more than ever during this unprecedented back to school season,” the charity captioned a series of photos on Instagram.

At one point during the day, the royal couple even helped kids pick out and try on new backpacks. While helping one boy in particular, Markle bent down to speak to the young child at his eye level and Prince Harry followed suit (scroll to the second photo in the slideshow). This technique is something they learned from royal family member Middleton.

Often while speaking with kids and young adults, the 38-year-old Duchess of Cambridge makes an effort to bend down to meet their eye-line. Why? Well, making eye contact with children fosters open communication. By meeting kids eye-to-eye, the duchess doesn’t assert her dominance and instead encourages children to express themselves on equal terms.

Just because they aren’t technically royals anymore doesn’t mean they can’t take parenting tricks from the royal fam.