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Anne Hathaway takes inspiration from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's empowering parenting style


Anne Hathaway reveals she’s inspired by William and Kate’s ‘really cool’ parenting technique of crouching down to speak to their children – and says she uses it on her own son, 2

  • Anne Hathaway, 36, says she takes inspiration from William and Kate’s parenting
  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge use ‘active listening’ where they crouch down
  • Experts say this make the child feel empowered and ‘level’ with their parents 

Bridie Pearson-jones For Mailonline

Anne Hathaway said she takes inspiration from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s ’empowering’ parenting style.

The Oscar-winning actress, 36, said she read a story about the ‘really cool’ way William and Kate speak to their children by crouching down to their eye level, and started doing it with her two-year-old Jonathan.

Speaking about the royals, she told The Sunday Times Style magazine: ‘They get down on the child’s level and speak to them eye to eye to make their child feel empowered. I thought that was really cool. I started doing that with Jonathan.’  

Anne Hathaway, who welcomed her first son in 2016, has said she takes inspiration from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge over their 'empowering parenting style'

Anne Hathaway, who welcomed her first son in 2016, has said she takes inspiration from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge over their 'empowering parenting style'

Anne Hathaway, who welcomed her first son in 2016, has said she takes inspiration from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge over their ’empowering parenting style’

Kate was first pictured using the technique known as 'active listening' as she touched down on at Victoria airport during a royal tour of Canada in 2016

Kate was first pictured using the technique known as 'active listening' as she touched down on at Victoria airport during a royal tour of Canada in 2016

Kate was first pictured using the technique known as ‘active listening’ as she touched down on at Victoria airport during a royal tour of Canada in 2016

The parenting technique Anne describes is known as active listening and both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been pictured crouching down to speak to Prince George while on official outings. 

Kate was first pictured using the technique as she touched down on at Victoria airport during a royal tour of Canada in 2016. 

While the technique is popular with child development experts, the Duke of Cambridge was famously scolded by his grandmother The Queen during the trooping of the colour when he too squatted down to speak to his son.

The monarch was seen tapping her great-grandson on the arm and gesturing him to stand up as he crouched down on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the RAF display.

William has also been photographed crouching down to see 'eye to eye' with Prince George, including at Princess Charlotte's Christening in 2015

William has also been photographed crouching down to see 'eye to eye' with Prince George, including at Princess Charlotte's Christening in 2015

William has also been photographed crouching down to see ‘eye to eye’ with Prince George, including at Princess Charlotte’s Christening in 2015

Child development expert Gill Connell told People magazine at the time: ‘Active listening is one of the most important ways you can send the message, “You’re important to me.” Get down on the child’s level, lean in and make eye contact.”

‘These simple messages foster self-esteem in powerful ways while encouraging him to communicate even more.’ 

Gushing over her son, Anne, who has been a household name since she starred in the Princess Diaries aged 18,  added to Style that her son was ‘so beautiful’ and that she forgives herself when she makes parenting mistakes.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis on the photograph sent out with their Christmas card last year 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis on the photograph sent out with their Christmas card last year 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis on the photograph sent out with their Christmas card last year 

‘He’s so beautiful. I’m not perfect, but if I’m frustrated or distracted, I’m good at making sure he’s sage and walking away, calming down and then coming back to him. 

‘I fall short every day, but i’m not going to beat myself up about it, I’m going to learn from it.’ 

Anne is currently promoting her new film Serenity which where she approaches her  fishing boat captain ex-husband, played by Matthew McConaughey, and asks him to murder her new husband. 

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