Meghan Markle praised for 'body-positive message' in bump-hugging dress for first post-birth appearance

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reveal their newborn son to the world [Photo: PA]
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reveal their newborn son to the world [Photo: PA]

This afternoon, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex debuted their newborn son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world.

For the highly-anticipated reveal, the 37-year-old new mum dressed her post-baby bump in a sleeveless trench dress by Vogue Fashion Fund prize winner, Grace Wales Bonner.

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The sartorial move further demonstrates Meghan’s independent approach to royal life and of course, only reminds us of her fashionable know-how.

She accessorised the designer ensemble with co-ordinating suede heels, a Jennifer Meyer turquoise necklace and kept her hair in loose waves - a far cry from her polished bun.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex debut their newborn son to the world [Photo: PA]
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex debut their newborn son to the world [Photo: PA]

The Duchess of Sussex was widely praised online for highlighting her post-baby bump with social media users crediting her ‘body-positive message’.

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While others joked that the royal made a brave decision choosing to wear white so soon after welcoming a newborn child.

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The former actress previously wore a similar ensemble for a trip to the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition in London on July 17, 2018.

For the outing, she demonstrated how to tackle a great British heatwave in a blush pink sleeveless trench by Canadian brand House of Nonie.

In a less-than-surprising statement, she teamed the protocol-breaking look with a co-ordinating £600 clutch by Mulberry and £520 Dior shoes.

But some royal fans were left disappointed that the self-confessed feminist decided to participate in the royal baby photocall just two days after giving birth.

One wrote [sic], “Just when I was cheering Meghan Markle for avoiding a royal baby perp walk in a fancy dress & heels as Kate always does, she shows up in a white(!) dress and stilettos.”

“All I wanted was for Meghan Markle to come on TV with her hair in a towel, face mask on, wearing a juicy tracksuit eating a snickers,” another added.

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The publicity move is a first for the royal family however, as the Duchess of Cambridge gave same-day Lindo Wing exits for all three children.