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'Women Are The Nastiest': Sarah Harris Slaps Down Meghan Markle Haters

After a week of criticism for keeping Archie's christening private, then asking not to be photographed at Wimbledon, Meghan Markle has been been thrust into the centre of another debate.

Archie attended his very first polo match just days ago with his doting parents, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The royal bub went to The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day on Wednesday, where dad Prince Harry played in Wokingham, England. Archie spent most of the day being cradled in mum Meghan's arms.

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Prince William also participated in the charity match, so the occasion was also time for Archie to get to know his cousins George, 5, Charlotte, 4, and Louis, 1.

Meghan and Kate spent most of the match on the sidelines with their children while their husbands played. Yet following the release of the photos, Meghan was criticised on social media for supposedly holding baby Archie's head incorrectly.

Meghan holding baby Archie. Image: Getty.
Critics were quick to comment about the way new mum Meghan held baby Archie. Image: Getty.

"Why can't she hold the baby properly after two months. It looks weird.

"Clearly, the nanny looks after him most of the time," a commenter wrote.

"She is clearly struggling and not yet familiar with the best way to hold a baby that is covered by a blanket. Her hand position is also awkwardly placed," added another.

Many have come to Meghan's defence, with Studio 10 host Sarah Harris (and mum herself)  likening the attack to the criticism radio host Jackie O received when her daughter Kitty, now seven, was born.

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"What is with the mum-shaming? Sarah began.

"When Jackie O first had baby Kitty she was just like any other mum, completely sleep-deprived, feeding bub while she was crossing the road, her mum is next to her."

"She copped so much flak for this and what just kills me about this is that the harshest criticism often comes from women," Sarah said.

"What happened to the sisterhood? Why can't we just say, hey listen, we're all trying our best and back off each other and offer support rather than just this terrible judgement all the time? It's the women who are the nastiest."

And parenting experts and royal commentators alike are in agreement.

Parenting expert and author Pinky McKay told 10 daily that Meghan is the expert about her baby and that she needs to be given a break.

Meghan is holding Archie perfectly, he’s snug and close against her body, he’s safely supported and he seems very contented. What is it about people so willing to take down a new mum?

"She’s ventured out in public with her baby for the first time with all eyes upon her, she deserves to be respected and supported, not bashed by trolls."

Clinical counsellor and psychotherapist Julie Sweet told further 10 daily  that we need to "suspend our judgement" and issued a reminder that she is a first time mother.

She is not causing her child any harm whatsoever, to the contrary, photos show her holding her child how she feels most natural and it’s clear, this is being done so lovingly and protectively.

"As a society we could all be greatly rewarded by showing positive regard and building one another up, instead of tearing each other down."

"I’m curious, if this was a mum at work, or a woman seen in a park, or a mother at the local shop carrying her small bub, would the same lens been applied?

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"If the answer is no, then once more, we need to question ourselves, not this famous new mum," she said.

Victoria Arbiter, a royal commentator further added to view this on Twitter.

"As for how Meghan is holding HER baby, Archie seems perfectly content. He's not crying, struggling or anything else," she tweeted.

"Yes, the media has played its part in the relentless criticism, but in the last 24 hours alone public commentary has been cruel and unnecessary."

A number of parents also agreed. "You are so right! All this talk about Meghan holding Archie is awful. She looked just fine to me. Too many perfect parents out there," a commenter wrote.

"Will never understand judgmental people! Archie looks fine, I'm sure she would be holding him the way she and Archie feel comfortable. So sad that people have nothing better do than be cruel in this not so perfect world," added another.

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It's the latest attack Meghan Markle has faced in a string of controversies, the most recent of which when she attended the Wimbledon to support her friend and tennis champion, Serena Williams, requesting no photos be taken of her.

Fans called the Duchess of Sussex a "silly control freak" and suggested that the officers expected to enforce the rule seemed "quite embarrassed" by the ban.

Meghan refused to be photographed by fans at Wimbledon. Image: Getty

Since then, Serena has defended her friend in a post-match interview, saying she "didn't know there was negative media out there."

Any time I see her name attached to anything, I don't read it. She couldn't be a better friend to me. Low moments, high moments, she's always there.

Prior to this, Meghan and Harry received a negative reaction when they decided to make Archie's christening a private affair after using $3 million of taxpayer money to undertake an extensive renovation of their home, Frogmore Cottage.

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