Nearly three years ago, Meghan Markle was an ocean away from her sunny Santa Barbara residence. 

At the time, the newly minted Duchess of Sussex, fresh off of her fairytale wedding to Prince Harry, had joined Queen Elizabeth II for her first solo engagement with the monarch as a member of the royal family. Together, they spent the day at events in Cheshire, England, including a train ride and performances from local children and students.

During Meghan and Prince Harry’s bombshell sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey, the soon-to-be mom of two recalled that special day with the queen and revealed a gesture she made to the newest member of the family that fans likely missed. 

As she remembered, Queen Elizabeth travels with a blanket that she drapes across her knees to keep warm. As they traveled in the car between events that day, Meghan said the matriarch offered her part of the cover. “It was chilly,” Meghan described, “and she was like, ‘Meghan, come on’ and put it over my knees as well.”