The Duchess of Sussex has been hailed an ‘absolute icon’ for showing off her post-pregnancy belly with a belted dress that accentuated her waist, as she and Harry introduced their baby to the world.
Radiant Meghan, 37, donned a crisp white belted blazer dress by British designer Grace Wales Bonner – as she joined proud husband Harry, 34, for a photo call in St George’s Hall in Windsor, where state banquets are held when at Windsor.
The new mother, who won praise for her stylish maternity wardrobe, was praised by royal fans who called her ‘brave’ for wearing white so soon after the birth of the baby.
But others were more impressed by the fact that not only did she not hide her post-pregnancy tummy, she seemed to be deliberately highlighting it in her belted dress.
Meanwhile Prince Harry looked dapper in a light grey suit, which has become something of a wardrobe staple in the months since he has met Meghan, leading some to believe she has put her stamp on her husband’s style.
Speaking to Femail, celebrity stylist Lucas Armitage noted the tie at the waist accentuating Meghan’s post-natal bump, and said the new mother was proudly showing off her post-birth figure.
Meghan showed off her post natal figure with the white tuxedo midi dress. Celebrity stylist Lucas pointed to the gold buttons and tie waist that highlighted her post natal bump
Meghan chose a crisp white sleeveless trench dress for the occasion, with double breasted tortoise shell buttons. She kept the outfit simple with a nude court heel
Royal fans praised Meghan for proudly displaying her visible bump, with many taking to Twitter to applaud the Duchess
He said he expected it would be a ‘comfort’ to other new mothers as the royal was ‘showing off’ her post natal bump.
Today marks the first time the Sussexes have been seen together since the arrival of the baby in early Monday morning.
Meghan wore a stunning white blazer-style dress which dropped just below the knee.
The piece was tuxedo in style, with tortoiseshell buttons down the front of the outfit and a tie waist, which Lucas said accentuated Meghan’s post baby bump.
She kept the look simple by pairing it with her pair of nude Manolo Blahnik BB pumps and kept her accessories to a minimum, wearing a simple Jennifer Meyer turquoise necklace.
Meghan first wore the necklace on Christmas Day at Sandringham as she joined her fellow royals for the Christmas church service.
Prince Harry held their son for the photographs, which were taken in St George’s Hall in Windsor. The royal baby is of yet unnamed. Meghan kept her accessories simple with just a delicate Jennifer Meyer turquoise necklace
Meghan kept her outfit simple and chic, in the white midi blazer style dress, with nude Manolo Blahnik heels and Jennifer Meyer turquoise necklace
Royal fans were stunned by the royal’s colour fashion, with one writing ‘how brave is Meghan wearing white a few days after giving birth’
Turquoise is seen as the love charm and is also a symbol of good fortune and success – perhaps a hint at her love and hopes for happiness for her son.
Lucas revealed: ‘We usually see new mums in shift shape dress but here Meghan is confidently showing off her post natal bump in a belted blazer dress, further adding attention to the area with double breasted gold buttons.’
The stylist continued: ‘I love how she is proudly showing the reality shortly after giving birth you still have a hump and is not trying to hide this with clever styling tricks.
He went on: ‘I’m sure it will be a comfort to all new mums out there.’
Siobhan Freegard OBE, parenting expert and founder of Channel Mum, added: ‘Meghan has done something no other celebrity has done before by actually emphasising the wonderful curves of her post-partum figure.
‘Unlike so many A-listers who battle their post-baby body, pushing down curves in tight control wear, Meghan’s tightly-tied belt with large bow draws the eye and enhances her womanly figure.
‘Her sister-in-law Kate was widely praised for not hiding her “mum tum” on the steps of the Lindo Wing after giving birth to Prince George, but Meghan is almost taking it one step further with a positive celebration.
Meghan enhances her glow with bronzer, smoky eyes and her hair in loose waves
The Duchess of Sussex kept her hair and make-up look low-key as she made her first public appearance as a new mother today.
Beaming Meghan, 37, enhanced her natural glow with her normal bronzed look and dark eye make up as she introduced her two-day-old son to the world at St George’s Hall in Windsor as she joined husband Prince Harry.
The proud new mother opted for a fuss-free hairstyle for the outing with husband Harry, wearing her sleek locks down with a slight wave and falling off her shoulders.
Celebrity stylist James Johnson believes that the new mother has kept her hair maintenance to a minimum: ‘It’s nothing too pristine, she wanted to go for the effortless look, with undone vibes.’
Johnson also said her hair choice, keeping it down could have been on purpose: ‘She may have kept her hair down to hide behind it. The effects of pregnancy might have left her feeling unconfident.’
While make up artist Karin Darnell reveals that Meghan appears to be wearing her signature eye make up style: ‘The soft brown smokey eye is in keeping with Meghan’s signature style and it looks as though eyeliner has also been applied across the lid to give her eyes definition and to add some glamour to the look.’
Darnell confessed that the Duchess can’t be too tired as she isn’t wearing too much under eye concealer as you can see her natural skin colour shining through. But she has used bronzer to bring out her best features.
‘Meghan has maintained her usual blush look with a sheer peach shade that gives her that gorgeous signature glow and adds a pop of colour to her bronzed complexion too. Meghan is showing us that she is ready to stay true to her glamorous look as a new mum.’
Another signature style that she’s kept to is her lip colour, with Darnell adding: ‘The nude, dusky like pink hue is a shade she often sports and is perfect against her skin tone. A subtle gloss in a similar shade has also been applied over the lipstick, which compliments the look perfectly.’
‘As Prince Harry rightly said, what women do to give birth is “beyond comprehension” and let’s hope Meghan encourages more mums to celebrate their bodies for what they can do, not just what they look like.’
And Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts said: ‘Mumsnet users are delighted to see Meghan and Harry looking so joyful. Having your picture taken by the world’s press so soon after birth is something most new mothers can thankfully avoid, but when it comes to her ‘realistic post-partum body’ the Mumsnet consensus is “good for her”.’
Royal fans were stunned by the bold fashion choice, as they praised the new-mother for braving white so soon after giving birth.
One excited fan wrote: ‘Meghan wore white two days after giving birth!? OMG what a legend on earth! The other one could never.’
Meanwhile another commented: ‘Meghan in a white dress, she must have some military level maternity pads.’
Royal fans were quick to praise Meghan for the ‘brave’ look, with one calling her ‘a legend on earth’ for the colour choice
Another wrote: ‘Meghan wearing white two days after giving birth (and huge heels). I think I was in leggings and a sick covered top for the first few months. Congrats.’
Meghan chose a similar look, a crisp white coat with a tie at the waist, for the moment she and Harry announced their engagement.
Unlike the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Harry and Meghan decided to eschew the royal tradition of posing for photos with the baby in the hours after the birth in favour of keeping the moment private for family.
However the couple did make plans to introduce their son today and appeared in front of a handful of members of the press.
Who is Grace Wales Bonner? The young British designer behind Meghan’s post-natal belted dress
Grace Wales Bonner grew up in south London and has been making ‘seismic waves’ in the fashion industry
It’s the first time Meghan has worn a Wales Bonner piece – but the brand is a perfect fit for the fashion-conscious Duchess.
A Londoner with Jamaican and English heritage, 28-year-old Grace has made ‘seismic waves in the fashion industry’ since graduating with a BA from Central Saint Martins in 2014, according to British Vogue.
Items of her fashion line are stocked at the likes of Selfridges and Dover Street Market, while her garments have even been displayed at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Speaking about her brand, the ambitious designer explained how it was ‘conceptualised as a means to elevate the location of blackness within the fashion landscape, and to disrupt traditional European notions of luxury with a hybridity and multiplicity of perspectives’.
She said: ‘It is my ambition to build a brand that comes from a black cultural perspective and has the same authority, presence and impact as any esteemed European house. In the long term, I want Wales Bonner to exist on that same level.’
Wales Bonner grew up living with her mother in Dulwich, and visited her father – the youngest in a family who travelled to the UK from Jamaica in the Windrush Generation – in Stockwell while going to school in Tooting, south London.
The designer said that while everyone was ‘like her’ at junior school, she was singled out as being black by her peers at secondary school.
Her mixed race background will strike a cord with Meghan, who describes herself as ‘half black and half white’.
After leaving CSM, Wales Bonner won the L’Oréal Professionnel Talent award and then picked up the emerging menswear designer gong at the 2015 British fashion awards.
She went on to win the prestigious LVMH young designer prize in 2016, and in the British Land London emerging design medal in 2018.
Earlier this month she was announced as the winner of the coveted 2019 BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund – a £200,000 prize – which is dedicated to supporting young talent.
Interestingly, Wales Bonner never intended to design clothes for women – which is perhaps why her tailoring ‘gently pushes against gender conventions’, as observed by British Vogue.
‘My work is about male representation and there is a fluidity, boundaries are opening up,’ she told the Guardian.
‘I think people are communicating sensuality and femininity on more of a spectrum. That’s much more in the cultural consciousness and it allows things to be understood in a different way.’
Meghan donned a similar white tailored coat for her engagement photographs in November 2017
Celebrity stylist Lucas Armitage said that Meghan was ‘confidently showing off her post natal bump’ in the white tailored dress
Harry and Meghan have been enjoying the experience of being new parents at their Frogmore Cottage home near the Queen’s Windsor Castle residence.
Family members spoke about the joy of the new arrival with the Duke of Cambridge saying on Tuesday he was ‘obviously thrilled, absolutely thrilled, and obviously looking forward to seeing them in the next few days when things have quietened down’.
He added: ‘I’m very pleased and glad to welcome my own brother into the sleep deprivation society that is parenting.’
Harry was at his wife’s side during the birth on Monday and he later confessed he had only had a few hours’ sleep, suggesting Meghan had spent much of the night in labour.
Lucas also revealed that he thought the outfit choice ‘would be a comfort to all new mums’ as it showed off the reality of a post natal figure
Meghan won widespread praise over her maternity wardrobe, including this Victoria Beckham dress she sported for the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in March
The Duchess also carried out two royal tours while pregnant, dazzling at evening receptions. Pictured, in a custom Dior cape gown while in Morocco with Prince Harry in February
Kate revealed they had no clues about the baby’s name but were eager to see the Sussexes and their new arrival.
She said: ‘As William said, we’re looking forward to meeting him and finding out what his name’s going to be so it’s really exciting for both of them and we wish them all the best.
‘These next few weeks are always a bit daunting the first time round so we wish them all the best.’
Baby Sussex arrived at 5.26am on Monday, weighing 7lb 3oz.