Meghan Markle is already learning the 'Duchess Slant' from Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton seems to be warming up more and more to Meghan Markle, and it looks like the women have already started sharing their secrets with each other. On Wednesday, the 'Suits' star, along with the Duchess of Cambridge made their first official royal engagement together, and since they sat beside each other, their manner of sitting could easily be compared.

Meghan Markle effortlessly pulled off the Duchess Slant, an elegant way of sitting with the knees and ankles joined together and tilted to one side, creating a leg slant in the process. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

During the event, Markle copied Kate’s go-to pose, the duchess slant, which is an unofficial term inspired by Kate Middleton. The motion refers to the flattering silhouette that happens when one sits with her knees and ankles joined together and tilted to one side, creating a leg slant in the process.

According to royal etiquette expert Myka Meier, “Typically, the ‘duchess slant’ is used when a lady has to sit for an extended amount of time while keeping poise and posture. It is the perfect pose for when a camera is shooting directly in front of you because by slightly slanting the knees to create a zigzag effect when wearing a dress or skirt, your legs are angled so that the camera only shoots the sides of your legs and protects your modesty.”

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Meier added that the duchess slant is one of the most flattering and elegant ways to sit as it makes one's leg appear longer, and went on to share some tips to perfect this position.

"The key with the technique is to square your shoulders straight ahead while maintaining perfect posture," Meier said. "Keeping knees and ankles together at all times, position your legs so that you create a slant, angling your knees to the side. Hands should be folded one over the other and placed in your lap."

Although the slant is recognized after Kate Middleton, it was Princess Diana who first introduced the Slant to the public eye. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Although Markle has started sitting in the duchess slant, she also has photos crossing her legs, which is not something preferred by the Royals, as observed by Prince Charles' former butler Grant Harrold.

"Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge is sitting in a correct and ladylike manner, which she would have been taught at an early age," Harrold told Daily Mail. The butler stressed that ladies would not normally cross their legs at the knees.

Prince Harry (R) and Meghan Markle (L) attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation )

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