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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.
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 Duchess of Sussex was widely praised online for highlighting her post-baby bump with social media users crediting her ‘body-positive message’.
Dear Meghan Markle,
Thank you for coming out still with a little bump.
Pregnant women everywhere. pic.twitter.com/mcpPTakGk3
— Rachael Dierkes WTRF (@RDierkesWTRF) May 8, 2019
I very rarely have any opinion on Royal goings on, but I think it's brilliant that Meghan Markle chose to embrace her post-partum bump. Every woman is different after giving birth and it's great that someone high profile has been able to represent that.
— Amy (@AmyxJean) May 8, 2019
I know nothing about being pregnant but I enjoy the fact that Meghan Markle is showing off her post-baby bump so prominently with that belted dress.
— Elizabeth Sile (@esile1) May 8, 2019
It feels like she’s sending a really nice body positive message to new moms everywhere with this choice and I’m here for it.
— Elizabeth Sile (@esile1) May 8, 2019
I don't care about royal families, but I do care about the history of pregnancy & reproduction - especially our cultural obsession with postnatal bodies. So I love that Meghan Markle chose an outfit that shows off her post-baby bump. #NormalizeIt pic.twitter.com/hfQKhp5qZt
— Jacqueline Antonovich (@jackiantonovich) May 8, 2019
While others joked that the royal made a brave decision choosing to wear white so soon after welcoming a newborn child.
— Hayley Peters (@HayleyPetersPR) May 8, 2019
— sLaPdAsH_mama (@susiepkmelb) May 8, 2019
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.
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.
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. https://t.co/3X69CIX8RO
— Cynthia Needham (@CynthiaNeedham) May 8, 2019
Jeez. Feel quite sorry for Meghan Markle having to dress up and put makeup on right after giving birth. I'd be wanting to chill the F out.
— Ashiana Pradhan (@thetrufflegirl) May 8, 2019
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 like I JUST HAD A BABY FUCK OFF PLZ, but nah she’s in a long white blazer dress , heels & a full face of makeup, wild.
— ⚜️ 𝐋𝐔𝐂𝐘 𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐒𝐎𝐍 ⚜️ (@lucyeversonice) May 8, 2019
my girls #MeghanMarkle gave birth like 48 hours ago and she already has to pretend to be awake, full face of makeup, pristine white dress and heels for the camera. deadset legend
— sarah 🐝 (@sarahbeeysian) May 8, 2019
Heartbreaking news from London: they made Meghan Markle walk down a very long hallway in a white dress just two days after giving birth.
— Shira Danan (@srdanan) May 8, 2019
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.