The royal baby portrait causing outrage

Holly Hales
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Meghan and Harry have welcomed a baby boy. Photo: Getty

An illustrated portrait of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with their newborn son has caused outrage online after depicted the couple as unfit parents.

The drawing, which was first posted on Instagram, shows the new royal baby crying in his mother’s outstretched arms, with an oversized crown atop his head.

Behind the youngster is a confused-looking Duke and Duchess of Sussex - Meghan sporting an uneasy smile as her husband is shown to be cross-eyed.

And while the image, created by a French studio, may have aimed to evoke feelings of relatability towards the famous pair, the image has received criticism online.

“This picture is trash,” one person wrote.

“You wanna do a funny drawing? That’s fine, but don’t portray them... with them eyes and as if she doesn't know how to carry a child.”

Others took aim at the bi-racial bub’s very fair complexion and blond, with one adding: “I think the baby will have a bit more ethnic features than portrayed.”

“A brilliant and elegant couple that depicts a cross eyed Prince, a loopy, distressed Princess and a hysterical crying Royal baby.”

However, some could see the artist’s intent, described by the user who posted the drawing as ‘lovely and funny illustration’.

“Such a cool pic and so exciting for the family,” one wrote, with another adding the light hearted image was ‘very funny’.

“Funny, crazy and lovely! (and Prince Harry crosses eyes is clearly a lovely joke for the craziest moment of our lives, the moment we have our child in our arms!).”

While the comical image offended some, there was likely no malice intended by its artist.

The studio later posted an another version of the newly-minted royal family in a more relaxed moment, showing all three cuddled close.

The duke and duchess announced the birth of their long-awaited baby boy on Monday, just one hour after revealing the duchess had gone into labour.

His arrival is a historic one for the British Royal Family - as it marks the first time an Anglo-American will be near the top end of the monarchy’s line of succession.

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