It’s nearly time for the world to be introduced to the next royal. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child any week now.
From reading all of the magazine and tabloids out there, we know Meghan plans to breast feed (in public!), eschew traditional gender stereotypes (no blue or pink!), potentially hire a manny, and possibly name her kid Victoria or Diana if it’s a girl, and Albert if the rumors are true that she’s having a boy.
But all signs point to Meghan and Harry being great parents as well. Good Housekeeping spoke to Patti Wood, body language expert and author of SNAP: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma, to find out what the couple’s body language suggests about their parenting style. Here are 3 signs that they’ll be great at it!
The way Meghan cradles her bump
The way Meghan cradles her bump is important, says Wood. “I love that she has one arm on top and one arm on bottom, both holding up and cradling her bump. It says that she’s going to support — all that energy underneath is supporting — and then on top, she shows tenderness and protection.” Wood also says Meghan’s bump cradling style shows she’s totally centered on her baby. “The hands come out from the heart, so they symbolically represent where the heart is, so the fact that she has her arms and hands wrapped around the baby, on both top and bottom, says, ‘This is where my heart is right now.'”
Harry naturally connects with children
Even though he has reservations about bringing a kid into the world, Harry is often seeing chatting it up with the younger set. He is able to quickly bond to them. The way he gets down on the ground to be eye-level with kids says a lot, according to Wood. “The playfulness comes through in the fact that he’s going to get down on the ground and put his hands on the ground, even as a royal. And you can tell it’s spontaneous. The energy is forward energy: he’s forward on his feet, he’s forward at the knees, and his fingers, head, and shoulders are forward. Forward motion shows where you want to be. He wants to be connected to that child.”
They get down to kid level
“It just seems to be very easy for them. If you look at the eye focus, it’s very naturally on the children,” says Wood, who takes notices that both Meghan and Harry always seem very focused on the children they meet. “Even though their bodies are down on the ground, their upper bodies are stretching up and forward to the kids. It shows that they’re going to be able to stay in the moment with their future child.”
Wood adds that because the couple is able to tune out the paparazzi easily shows that they’ll be able to do the same when they become parents. Keeping the focus on their baby, not the cameras.