Meghan Markle has been praised by royal fans across the world for showing her postpartum baby bump in a beautiful belted dress.
The 37-year-old posed for photographs with her two-day-old son and husband Prince Harry at Windsor Castle this afternoon.
The Duchess of Sussex, who gave birth at 5.26am on Bank Holiday Monday, wore a white dress from designer Grace Wales Bonner, who has a British mother and Jamaican father.
As the parents gushed over their baby boy, fans posted praise to Facebook and Twitter, thanking Meghan for "normalising" how a new mum's stomach looks after childbirth.
Social media user Madeleine wrote: "Love that Meghan has come to her photo call without trying to hide the 'after birth baby bump'.
"Absolute icon. This is how 99% of women look after birth and she is helping normalise it. She looks amazing and is absolutely glowing. Power to her and all new mothers."
One Twitter user said: "Shout out to Meghan for showing off the post-birth bump. I just think that’s rare and really cool from a public figure."
While another added: "I agree. I love the outfit choice! Accentuating her post 'bump' is SO needed in this day and age.
"The majority of women don’t 'snap back' and to make a conscious effort to show how the typical female body reacts after labour - I applaud."
Elizabeth Sile wrote: "I know nothing about being pregnant but I enjoy the fact that Meghan Markle is showing off her post-baby bump so prominently with that belted dress.
The baby is seventh in line to the throne and the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's eighth great-grandchild and the Prince of Wales's fourth grandchild.
Amid surroundings steeped in royal history, the latest royal baby made his debut behind closed doors, with a small press pool of only one reporter, one photographer, three cameramen, as well as the couple's own private photographer and a household press officer photographer.
Asked who the baby takes after, Meghan said: "We're still trying to figure that out."
Harry said: "Everyone says that babies change so much over two weeks. We're basically monitoring how the changing process happens over this next month really. But his looks are changing every single day, so who knows."
Baby Sussex was sleeping soundly, wrapped in a white blanket and wearing a delicate white knitted hat.
Asked how he was finding parenting, Harry said: "It's great. Parenting is amazing.
"It's only been two-and-a-half days, three days, but we're just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy."
Harry said they were looking forward to spending some "precious times with him as he slowly, slowly starts to grow up."
Asked about seeing the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, Meghan said: "We just bumped into the Duke as we were walking by, which was so nice.
"So it'll be a nice moment to introduce the baby to more family, and my mum's with us as well."
Harry added: "Another great-grandchild."
Later, asked to show more of their son's face to the cameras, Meghan laughed as Harry joked: "He's already got a little bit of facial hair as well, wonderful."
Meghan added: "Thank you everybody for all the well wishes and kindness, it just means so much."
The couple, who are just 11 days away from their first wedding anniversary, were beside themselves with joy, giggling and looking into each other's eyes as they spoke.
The Duke gently cradled his son in his arms and could not resist sneaking a peek down at him.
Meghan put her hand on the small of Harry's back as she listened to him talk.
The vast Hall at Windsor is where the Duke and Duchess gathered with family and friends for their daytime wedding reception last May.
The ornate ceiling is studded with the coats of arms of Knights of the Garter stretching back to 1348 and the walls feature figures of knights in armour.
Harry and Meghan are set to introduce their baby to the Queen, joined by Philip, in the castle's private apartments.
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