Meghan Markle has weeks to go until the birth of her first Royal baby with husband Prince Harry. The Duchess of Sussex, 37, and Prince Harry, 34, are believed to be expecting their first child around mid to late April. Meghan has been photographed proudly nursing her blossoming baby bump in public, clearly excited about her impending arrival. Now as she nears the end of her final term, the Duchess has been warned 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.
“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.”
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.
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”.