Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Make Their First Public Debut with Baby Sussex
Here's how their postpartum photo shoot compares to past royals.
Meghan Markle just marked her return to the spotlight, but this time as a new mom. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to her and Prince Harry's first child, a baby boy, on early Monday morning.
As she and Harry introduced their new bundle of joy to the world at St. George's hall in Windsor Castle on Wednesday, Meghan wore a sleeveless white dress for the occasion. Meanwhile, Harry looked ecstatic in his role as a first-time father holding Baby Sussex in his arms. And Meghan is also very excited about being a mother. "It’s magic. It’s pretty amazing. I have the best two guys in the world, so I’m really happy,” she told reporters about her first few days of motherhood.
Speaking of her new son's personality, Meghan says he "has the sweetest temperament. He’s really calm." Harry jokingly chimed in: "I don’t know where he gets that from!”
Meghan continued: “He’s just been a dream. It’s been a special couple of days.” As for who Baby Sussex takes after, the new parents are "still trying to figure that out," according to Meg. "His looks are changing every single day, so who knows?” added Harry.
The Duchess of Sussex's postpartum photo-op veered from royal tradition. Rather than opt for a photoshoot outside Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital right after giving birth, Meghan waited a few days before stepping out in front of the camera. And she chose a familiar place for the baby's reveal. If you remember, St. George's hall is where Meghan and Harry famously tied the knot nearly a year ago.
After welcoming all three of her children, Meghan's sister-in-law Kate Middleton posed for photos mere hours later, looking undeniably flawless each time in a designer dress with full hair and makeup. Here's proof:
Kate has been widely criticized for her ultra-polished appearances while exiting the hospital. Even actress Keira Knightley slammed the duchess for setting unrealistic expectations on ordinary women. “We stand and watch the TV screen. She [Kate] was out of hospital seven hours later with her face made up and high heels on. The face the world wants to see,” Knightley wrote in an essay titled "The Weaker Sex."
“Hide. Hide our pain, our bodies splitting, our breasts leaking, our hormones raging. Look beautiful. Look stylish, don’t show your battleground, Kate," she continued. "Seven hours after your fight with life and death, seven hours after your body breaks open, and bloody, screaming life comes out. Don’t show. Don’t tell. Stand there with your girl and be shot by a pack of male photographers.”
However, it appears that Kate was just following a custom set forth by the royal women before her, including the late Princess Diana, who stood outside the maternity ward with not a hair out of place post-delivery.
Before Meghan gave birth, Chelsea Hirschorn, CEO of Fridababy and a mother of three herself, also implored Meghan to skip the photoshoot and keep it real when it came to her portrayal of motherhood. In an open letter, she wrote, "So when the 'big reveal' day arrives but you’re feeling like all the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put your vagina back together again — use this stage to do your part for all women who are about to embark on their first 'fourth trimester.' Skip the pomp and circumstance of the baby parade."
In April, Buckingham Palace confirmed that Meghan and Harry would be breaking royal tradition by not immediately sharing their new bundle of joy with the public, but instead sharing the news “once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.”
What can we say. Baby Sussex was worth the wait.