Poor Meghan Markle just can’t win: the duchess found herself at the center of a nasty round of mom-shaming after enjoying a very public royal family play date earlier this week.
The former Suits actress stepped out with two-month-old son Archie at the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day on July 10th, 2019. Markle, of course, was joined by husband Prince Harry, as well as Prince William and his growing family. Most notably, the occasion marked one of the Sussexes’ first outings as a family of three since Archie was introduced to the world back in May.
All in all, the charitable get-together was totally adorable, and there thankfully appeared to be no signs of the so-called Royal Fab Four’s alleged ongoing feud. But since the Internet is the Internet, it wasn’t long before social media users took issue with the new mom’s parental instincts … namely the way in which Markle cradled her baby boy in her arms.
One critical Twitter user posted,
“Is it just me or that’s NOT how you’re supposed to hold a newborn? I get anxious simply looking at these pictures. It’s sad that Meghan Markle seems so awkward and uncomfortable around her own son.”
Meanwhile, another person wrote,
“Smother, I mean, Mother of the Year award goes to Meghan Markle! Archie looks so uncomfortable. Poor kid. Being used as a prop by her mother.”
Another Twitter user claimed Markle lacked “maternal instincts,” writing,
“Archie’s neck and whole body not supported by her at all. No sun hat to protect him.”
We could go on, but you get the picture. Unfortunately, this isn’t the only round of criticism Meghan and her family has faced recently. The royal couple was slammed over keeping their newborn son’s christening at Windsor Castle largely private, though the move also has its supporters…
Just a few days later, the duchess faced more backlash…after wearing denim at Wimbledon.
Fortunately, it hasn’t been all bad news for the new mom. Headlines swirled over Markle’s casual style at Wednesday’s charity polo event. According to People, she looked as gorgeous as ever in a green dress by designer Lisa Marie Fernandez, which she paired with some stylish golden-framed aviator shades.
Meanwhile, multiple fans took to social media to support the duchess amid the baby-holding controversy. While one fan noted in part that, “Archie looks content and comfy,” another fan tweeted,
“I’m sure she knows how to hold a baby. Use your common sense…she’s trying to hide him away from all the cameras.”
Another Twitter user shared,
“Protective mothers hold their babies like that. I’m just [here] for the love I have for Meghan and Harry and baby Archie.”
All that said, if you’re still on the fence about Meghan Markle’s baby-holding pose, look no further than parenting expert Lucy Shrimpton, who chimed in on the matter with Yahoo Style, saying,
“While parents will adopt their own styles of holding and comforting their babies in a range of ways, the way Meghan is pictured holding Archie is actually a commonly recommended hold.”
Noting that baby Sussex’s head and neck were indeed being supported, Shrimpton continued,
“She is supporting the majority of Archie’s body with her right arm while he rests his head on her chest. Babies are comforted by this position and hearing mom’s heartbeat too. So long as the face is to one side, which Archie’s is, this is a wonderfully soothing way to hold a baby.”
So, there you have it. The world may be full of mom-shamers and critics, but you keep doing you, Meghan.
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