As the entire world knows, Meghan and Harry just debuted their son – a little boy named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor – and while everyone loves witnessing the royal couple’s early days with their bub, there’s also a lot of chatter about how normal this first glimpse of the family was.
- Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan welcomed baby Archie earlier this week
- The couple chose to approach their birth announcement in their own way
- The pair announced they were expecting their first child last year while visiting Australia
Meghan watched over her newborn – who was tucked cosily in his daddy’s arms – wearing a white sleeveless trench dress belted firmly above her postpartum baby bump.
Royal fans loved seeing the newly minted family together and were thrilled that their baby was healthy and happy.
They also noted that Meghan wasn’t concealing her frame under a flowing frock and instead was celebrating and even emphasising what her body looks like three days after giving birth.
There’s a HUGE and unhelpful push to “bounce back” and have a flat, pre-pregnancy belly as soon as possible after birth, thanks to social media. Highlighting a postpartum bump and pushing for acceptance of the recovering body that just grew and birthed a baby will help spark more realistic and healthy expectations of body image, postpartum.
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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
A radical act
In fact, it’s a pretty radical act from a high-profile mum like this. Instagram commenters agreed.
“Every woman who has had a baby knows how hard it is to motivate your post baby body to get up get dressed and smile,” one wrote. “Meghan looks amazing and I love that she wasn’t afraid to show off her post pregnancy body. Well done Meghan you are an inspiration.”
“Thank you for showing what it really looks like after you have a baby!” another commenter posted.
“I absolutely love that she did woman kind a favor by showing off her postpartum body,” someone else wrote.
“Thank you so much for embracing your post-baby body!! A true role model for women and girls everywhere!!” another said.
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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
“I was wearing Depends!”
But others noted that this was still world’s away from the average woman’s post-birth experience.
“Not gonna lie, she deserves all the credit for appearing as put together after childbirth and taking pictures. The last thing I wanted to do after child birth was a)be photographed b) wear dressy clothes,” one woman posted.
“She’s wearing HEELS. What a QUEEN! I was wearing Depends and leaking from every hole in my body,” another mum quipped.
“How is she walking so effortlessly after giving birth? I couldn’t even walk!” someone else wrote.
It should be noted that Duchess Kate also didn’t shy away from showing off her own post-baby bump. We love it that Meghan has continued this tradition, and even levelled it up by belting her frock over her belly.
“The two best guys in the world”
In the Sussex family’s first media call, the royal couple were besotted by their little one.
“He has the sweetest temperament, he’s really calm. He’s been the dream,” Meghan said during the family’s first public appearance earlier today.
“I don’t know who he gets that from,” Harry quipped.
“It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy,” Meghan continued.
“It’s great. Parenting is amazing. It’s only been two and a half days, three days, but we’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy.”
“Everyone says that babies change so much over two weeks,” Harry continued. “We’re basically monitoring how the changing process happens over this next month really. But his looks are changing every single day, so who knows … He’s already got a little bit of facial hair as well, wonderful.”
“Thank you everybody for all the well-wishes and kindness, it just means so much,” Meg said.
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This afternoon, His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex shared the news of the arrival of his and the Duchess’ first born child. Their son was born early morning on the 6th of May, 2019 and weighs 7lbs and 3oz. Their Royal Highnesses thank you for your support and kindness during this exceptionally joyful time in their lives as they welcome their baby boy.
Rejuvenating the monarchy
Archie was born at 5:26 am on 6 May, weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces – or 3.2kg.
Several landmarks across the globe were colourfully illuminated to celebrate his birth, including Niagara Falls and the London Eye.
They're lighting up Niagara Falls for the royal baby. https://t.co/Fwmh7RZw9a
— Ellen Barry (@EllenBarryNYT) May 6, 2019
Young Archie is seventh in line to the throne – behind his dad – and in no danger of ever having to be King. Thus the couple chose NOT to give him a royal title and also to give him a more unconventional – for the royals at least – name.
“As the first-born son of a duke, Archie could have assumed the title of Earl of Dumbarton but he will instead simply be known as Master Archie,” the BBC explains.
“Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said the individuality shown by Harry and Meghan in their choice of non-traditionally royal names was ‘marvellous’ and would ‘rejuvenate the monarchy’. ‘It’s a unique choice, by a unique couple who are doing things in a unique way,’ he said, adding: ‘We are talking about brand Sussex, which is an international brand.'”
Indeed brand Sussex is now one of the most powerful in the world, and it’s not surprising this couple are keen to take some time away from the spotlight, with reports suggesting they may be heading to Africa as royal envoys.
Stay tuned for further news on that. And welcome to the world, young Archie!