Shannen Findlay


Duchess Meghan fans bite back at mum shamers: “She was doting on him”

Duchess Meghan fans bite back at mum shamers: “She was doting on him”

The Duchess of Sussex appears to be loving life as a new mum and on Wednesday, the royal had her first public outing with two-month-old Archie along with his big cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

The family watched on as Prince Harry and brother-in-law Prince William went head to head in a charity polo match, and photographs released of the fun day out showed the Duchess doting on her new bundle of joy.

“She was doting on him, there’s no doubt about that,” an onlooker told PEOPLE. “She was kissing and stroking him and bouncing him up and down.”

Critics, however, took to social media to share their distaste for the way the Duchess was holding her son in a way that made him look like he was about to fall out of her arms.

“Meghan looks like she’s about to drop him” one comment read.

“She is also not able to hold the baby.”

Another cruel comment said: “You can tell she doesn’t even take care of her own kid. What kind of mother holds their baby like that.”

However, royal supporters hit back at the cruel criticisms, writing: “She’s still new to it and we’ve all held our babies awkwardly.”

Another said: “She’s a brand-new mother. Stop the damn mum-shaming! Jesus!”

Maternity nurse and author Lisa Clegg told Fabulous Digital she didn’t see any issue with the way the Duchess was holding baby Archie.

“To me, her body language looks like she’s holding him in a very protective way, by supporting his bottom and the top of his back, so she’s ready to catch that inevitable head flip they sometimes do, until they learn better head and neck control.

“Is it surprising that she’s holding him very close and in such a protective nature, when she has the world looking at her?”

Along with baby Archie and the Duchess of Sussex was the Duchess of Cambridge who was also doting on her youngest son, 15-month-old Prince Louis.

Wednesday’s royal outing was part of a charity scheme which saw Prince Harry and Prince William battle it out for a charity polo game in honour of Leicester City Football Club owner, who tragically died in a helicopter crash last year.