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Not even Meghan Markle is safe from online mum-shaming.
Fresh off of celebrating the private christening of her first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance to watch husband, Prince Harry, participate in the King Power Charity Polo match.
The 37-year-old new mum arrived in a $1,400 dress by Lisa Marie Fernandez and Stella McCartney sunglasses, lovingly holding her infant son.
Meghan held Archie throughout the entire match while sister-in-law Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, played with children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis nearby.
The outing served as a first glimpse into the growing Cambridge and Sussex families, however, many were quick to criticise Meghan’s skills as a new mother.
“Meghan needs to learn to hold her own child. Maybe she gets the nanny to do it! She has no maternal instincts at all,” one person commented on Instagram.
“That sweet baby Archie seems so uncomfortable! His neck, back and legs are unsupported in the other pictures. Such a shame.”
“Someone teach that actress how to hold a child, good grief,” another cruelly said, while some were quick to condemn Meghan for not putting a hat on baby Archie and called her “lost.”
“She desperately wants ‘privacy’ yet carries the baby in the most uncomfortable way and parades him in public?” another critic wrote. “Also what the heck is she wearing?”
Despite the harsh words for the new mum, many were quick to jump to Meghan’s defence and praised the royal for looking relaxed and happy.
“Everyone needs to remember it's her first child,” one woman said.
“It's like you're not going to be perfect on your first. It's after your first you become a multitasking incredible mom that has superhero powers. You also have to be willing to learn. If you’re not close to people showing you their tricks your gonna struggle. Thanks for all the moms who help us along the way.”
Archie is about two months old & not able to support his head, Meghan is holding him correctly - supporting his head & neck with one hand & his body weight with the other.
— kaybimshire (@bimkid66) July 11, 2019
Lovely photos! Meghan looks a bit uncomfortable holding Archie. Babies can be so wobbly at that age. Maybe a pram would have been useful? Or a chair to sit in?
— Cali (@CaliMum2016) July 10, 2019
To all the people saying meghan markle doesnt know how to hold her own baby, do they know or have any experience in holding 2 month old babies? Because I have loads, and let me tell you there was nothing wrong with how meghan was holding archie . Let her live please!
— Blank (@Tryingfakeall) July 10, 2019
As new parents know, the struggle to soothe a newborn may at times put you in an awkward-looking position. Whatever lengths or measures parents need to go to, whether it’s rocking or taking a drive around the block to help their baby is up to the parent - and not up for public debate.
“This is a bad photo, not bad parenting,” another commented, while another put it succinctly, “She’s a first time mom, people. Chill.”
Words by Elizabeth Di Filippo
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