Yesterday the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry, introduced their new son Archie to the world. The couple appeared together with their son at St. George's Hall at Windsor Castle where they made their first appearance as a family of three. While adoring fans and Royal watchers were thrilled to get their first glimpse at the newest member of the Royal Family, mothers everywhere couldn't help but applaud the Duchess's outfit.
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Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share their first public moment as a family. They are so incredibly grateful for the warm wishes and support they’ve received from everyone around the world, since welcoming their son two days ago. Photo cred: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
Unlike her sister-in-law Kate Middleton who wore loose-fitting empire waist dresses or midi-length shift dresses as she revealed her children on the steps of St Mary's Hospital, Markle opted to wait two days before introducing her son to the public. When she did, she wore a double-breasted cream dress that belted at the waist.
While many rudely commented that Markle "still looked pregnant" women everywhere couldn't help but relate to the Duchess, taking to social media to express how refreshing it was for a Royal to show exactly what post-baby bodies look like. Any woman who has ever given birth knows that it takes time for your body to adjust to no longer being pregnant, and every woman is different. With Markle choosing to accentuate her postpartum figure instead of trying to camouflage it she sent a powerful message to the public that she is not here for your judgment or criticism.
Many are thrilled that Markle also chose to wear a dress designed by talented British designer Grace Wales Bonner. As Vogue points out, Bonner has an English mother and Jamaican father and "often uses her work to open up thought-provoking conversations around representation, gender politics, and black male identity." The magazine speculates that Markle will no doubt increase Bonner's profile as a designer after choosing to wear her dress to make Archie's big debut.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
Women around the world couldn't help but take to social media to express their gratitude that the Duchess wore a dress that not only didn't try to hide her post-baby bump but accentuated it.
"I absolutely love that she did womankind a favor by showing off her postpartum body," wrote one commenter on Instagram.
"WOW Meghan! You totally rocked that postpartum bump girl!!!! Such a powerful message to other women around the world! Refreshing really!" wrote another.
Others couldn't help but comment on Markle's bravery for wearing white just two days after giving birth!
"Shoutout to Meghan not only for showing the REAL postpartum body but doing it so boldly while wearing white! Let’s talk about a statement," wrote one person who clearly loved her look.
Markle's dress choice and the decision to wait two days until after she delivered her son have both sent a powerful message to the public that so many women can relate to. It's completely normal to not 'bounce back' immediately after childbirth, which isn't something we typically see from women in the public eye. By wearing a dress that showed off her postpartum body Markle let women everywhere know that it's completely normal and wonderful to embrace your body after childbirth. She also made sure the public knows that this is her family and she will let people see her child when she's good and ready.
Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess and their newest family member, and we can't wait to see more of little Archie in the future.