Meghan Markle Shamed Over Photos Of Archie Being Held In A Baby Carrier
The parenting police are at it again.
On Tuesday, photos taken by paparazzi of Meghan Markle in Vancouver, Canada, during a walk with son Archie and their two dogs surfaced online.
Following their publication, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex issued a legal warning, with their lawyers stating the photos were taken by photographers hiding in the bushes and spying on her.
It is these exact photos that caused the parenting police to come out in full force, with many commenting on social media that Meghan didn't appear as though she was holding Archie properly in his carrier.
"Holding the baby poorly," a commenter wrote on Twitter, with another adding: "Poor love must be so uncomfortable."
"Maybe one of Meghan's armed guards could give her a hand with the pup," added another.
A number of parenting experts have come out to defend Meghan, who was carrying Archie in a Ergo 360 Omni Baby Carrier, stating that one of the straps appeared to have slipped off momentarily.
“Ideally, you want to make sure that the straps are tight and secure,” Dr. Jen Trachtenberg told Today.
“But Meghan has her arm wrapped around Archie and she’s holding him tight. If he were upset, he’d be flailing or crying and there’s no sign of that.”
It's not the first time Meghan has been attacked for apparently holding Archie's head incorrectly.
In July last year while attending The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day with fellow members of the royal family, photos of Meghan holding Archie were also criticised online.
Parenting expert and author Pinky McKay told 10 daily at the time that Meghan is the expert about her baby and that she needed 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 asked.
Clinical counsellor and psychotherapist Julie Sweet agreed, stating that we need to "suspend our judgement" when it comes to the Duchess of Sussex.
"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," she told 10 daily at the time.
"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?" she asked.
"If the answer is no, then once more, we need to question ourselves, not this famous mum."
Following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's decision to 'step back' as senior members of the royal family, Prince Harry said during an event for his Africa-based youth mental health charity, Sentebale, that they were left with no other choice.
“It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges and I know I haven’t always got it right, but as far as this goes there really was no other option," he said.
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