Meghan Markle‘s latest act of kindness is one that’s sure to resonate with moms everywhere. On Friday, the Duchess of Sussex and her husband, Prince Harry, arrived at The Hague, Netherlands for the Invictus Games, where they were led to the venue by a small group of competitors. According to royals journalist Omid Scobie, Markle noticed the temperature was dropping and handed her tan coat to a mother who was carrying her newborn baby.
While the exact moment Markle handed over her coat doesn’t appear to have been photographed, there are pictures of the smiling mom walking alongside the Duchess with her baby wrapped up warmly in a jacket. “En route to the venue, the couple were escorted by #TeamNetherlands competitors and family — one of whom was proudly carrying a newborn,” Scobie tweeted. “Noticing the sudden drop in temperature, Meghan quickly handed over her coat to the mom to help keep the baby warm.”
As a mother of two herself, it’s no surprise that Markle would show such compassion to a fellow mom and her little one. The Duchess has been open about the juggle struggle that comes with being a working mom, but she’s also made it clear she loves balancing mom time with things like appearances at the Invictus Games. As reported by ITV News, during a 2019 event in Cape Town, Markle told Lara Rosmarin, chief executive of Cape Innovation and Technology, “Being a working mum and travelling as well with a baby, my goodness it’s a lot, but it’s all so exciting.”
En route to the venue, the couple were escorted by #TeamNetherlands competitors and family—one of whom was proudly carrying a newborn. Noticing the sudden drop in temperature, Meghan quickly handed over her coat to the mom to help keep the baby warm. pic.twitter.com/mVDbg0sSgH
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) April 15, 2022
Since stepping away from their royal duties, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have spent more quiet time as a family. However, they’re both still passionate about giving back whenever they can, and the Invictus Games are one of the couple’s favorite events. On Saturday, the couple spoke at the opening ceremony, where Markle acknowledged what a long road the 2022 participants have been on due to the pandemic and the war in Ukraine.
“For each team, my husband and I both recognize it’s been a lot to get here, both physically and emotionally, not least of which for the Ukraine team, whom we are all standing with,” Markle said, as reported by People. “One thing I know for sure is that every single moment it has taken to get here will be worth it, because it is here, at the Invictus Games, that we honor your years of active duty on the field and your continued service to your country, to your family and your community off the field.”
Markle’s impassioned speech made it clear that she’s dedicated to supporting the players and their families any way that she can — even if it means giving them the coat off her own back.