Meghan Markle, 37, and Prince Harry, 34, announced they were expecting their first child last October. Californian-born Meghan has shaken up the Royal Family since marrying Harry last May and has to navigate Royal rules and British etiquette in her new position. Now she has been urged to “skip the pomp” of a baby parade by a prominent mother-of-three.
Chelsea Hirschhorn, CEO of parenting brand Fridababy, penned a New York Times letter to Meghan urging her to drop the traditional postpartum shoot.
In the full page ad, titled ‘An Open Letter to the Royal Mom-To-Be’, the company boss wrote: “You will soon give birth to one of the most anticipated babies in the world.
“And like your princess predecessors, you’ll be expected to parade outside of the hospital in front of throngs of photographers to show off your new bundle of joy shortly after giving birth.
“You’ll smile, you’ll wave, you’ll be radiant, but between your legs will be a whole different story.
REVEALED: The reason why Meghan Markle has been told not to pose for pictures after she gives birth (Image: Chelsea Rosen Hirschhorn/Instagram/Getty)
“Sure your blowout will be perfect for your hospital step photo-op, but people will be opening on all the wrong things – like how soon you will fit into your pre-baby wardrobe – instead of having an honest conversation about what women go through during birth and immediately after.
“But us mums will know that while you wave from that step you’ll be one pair of mesh underwear away from your first post-baby poop (brace yourself)!”
The Florida resident added if Meghan could not avoid the pictures, she should pull a move to “keep it real” for mothers everywhere.
She wrote: “If you really can’t skip it, then at the very least flash us a glimpse of the mesh underwear underneath to keep it real.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pose with newborn Princess Charlotte (Image: Getty)
Royal baby photocalls have become par for the course in recent years.
The Duchess of Cambridge posed for photographers outside the Lindo Wing hours after giving birth to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Looking radiant each time with blowdried hair and immaculate make-up, Kate was both praised and criticised for her decision to be photographed so soon.
And it seems the public remains divided on whether they support the tradition today.
The Duchess of Cambridge with Prince Louis outside the Lindo Wing (Image: Getty)
Following Ms Hirschhorn’s letter being shared on her Instagram account, a mix of opinions was shared about the issue.
One person said: “Love this! Thank you for saying what we mums have been thinking/feeling about pregnancy, birth and after.
“This is so raw and real. Having a baby is not all rainbows and butterflies, I hope Meghan reads this.”
However, others said it was “mom shaming” and that the letter was “exploitative and ridiculous”.