Not even Meghan Markle is safe from online mom-shaming.
Fresh off of celebrating the private christening of her first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the duchess made a surprise appearance to watch husband Prince Harry participate in the King Power Charity Polo match.
The 37-year-old new mom arrived in a $975 dress by Lisa Marie Fernandez and Stella McCartney sunglasses, lovingly holding her infant son. Markle held Archie throughout the entire match while sister-in-law Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, played with children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis nearby.
The outing served as a first glimpse into the growing Cambridge and Sussex families, however, many were quick to criticize Markle’s skills as a new mother.
“Meghan needs to learn to hold her own child. Maybe she gets the nanny to do it! She has no maternal instincts at all,” one person commented. “That sweet baby Archie seems so uncomfortable! His neck, back and legs are unsupported in the other pictures. Such a shame.”
“Someone teach that actress how to hold a child, good grief,” another cruelly said, while some were quick to condemn Markle for not putting a hat on baby Archie and called her “lost.”
“She desperately wants ‘privacy’ yet carries the baby in the most uncomfortable way and parade it in public?” another Markle critic wrote. “Also what the heck is she wearing?”
Despite the harsh words for the new mom, many were quick to jump to Markle’s defence and praising the royal for looking relaxed and happy.
“Everyone needs to remember it's her first child,” one woman said. “It's like you're not going to be perfect on your first. It's after your first you become a multitasking incredible mom that has superhero powers. You also have to be willing to learn. If you’re not close to people showing you their tricks your gonna struggle. Thanks for all the moms who help us along the way.”
As new parents know, the struggle to soothe a newborn may at times put you in an awkward-looking position. Whatever lengths or measures parents need to go to, whether it’s rocking or taking a drive around the block to help their baby is up to the parent - and not up for public debate.
“This is a bad photo, not bad parenting,” another commented, while another put it succinctly, “She’s a first time mom, people. Chill.”