Kate Middleton dusted off her go-to parenting move today as she and Prince William prepare for their royal tour of Pakistan.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with faith leader and philanthropist Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV, at the Aga Khan Centre in London, and greeted well-wishers who gathered in front of the building. One of the onlookers was a young girl who brought a beautiful bouquet of flowers for the 37-year-old duchess.
Although it’s not known what Middleton and the young girl discussed, it was clear that the mother of three employed her go-to parenting technique to connect with the child.
The duchess bent down so she could make direct eye contact with the mini-well-wisher during the event. By meeting the child eye-to-eye, the Duchess of Cambridge isn’t asserting dominance over her and is instead encouraging her to communicate openly and freely. Middleton’s efforts appeared to pay off since the young girl looks elated.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have used this technique for years while out and about on official royal business. In fact, they even utilize the parenting hack when speaking with their own children, Prince George (6), Princess Charlotte (4) and Prince Louis (1). Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have also picked up the Cambridges’ trick and use it during royal events, as 4-month-old royal baby Archie is still a bit young for it.
Their parenting trick will surely come in useful on their upcoming visit to Pakistan, which is set to take place from October 14 to October 18. The trip was requested by Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and will follow in the footsteps of previous Pakistan tours carried out by Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in 2006, Princess Diana in 1996 and Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in both 1961 and 1997.
Let the royal tour prep begin.