Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have shared a new post on Instagram to mark US Mother’s Day – and it’s layered with a few subtle yet significant details
It’s Mother’s Day in the States and other countries today – which is a great excuse for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to reveal a little more about their relaxed approach to parenthood.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex marked the occasion by unveiling a sweet photo of mother and son together on Instagram.
The image closes in on Meghan’s hands cusping Archie’s tiny feet against a backdrop of flowers.
The caption pays tribute to mothers everywhere, past and present. Noting that this is Meghan’s first Mother’s Day, it also quotes a line from the poem Lands by Nayyirah Waheed that reads: “My mother was my first country; the first place I ever lived”.
Though a simple image, the Instagram post is nevertheless telling on a number of levels.
Firstly, the background flowers are forget-me-knots, a favourite of Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana (florist Philippa Craddock worked the same purple bloom into Meghan’s wedding bouquet last May).
Also, Meghan and Harry have repeatedly stated their wish for their baby – full name Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor – to live a relatively normal life, away from the spotlight.
By not showing his face in this photo, they are already starting to adhere to their hope for a level of privacy; even while staying connected with the public level of interest.
The choice of poet is also significant. Waheed is a progressive, passionate and feminist voice whose collections rally against themes of racism, misogyny and xenophobia.
By quoting her on their personal platform of nearly eight million followers, Meghan and Harry align themselves, as new parents, with similar values.
And, like their appearance in front of the press with their newborn son last week, the Instagram post has an unscripted, informal tone to it.
In the shoot last week, Harry carried the baby; a small but notable departure from usual royal protocol at these events. And a few days into parenthood, both parents seemed happy just to be themselves, rather than adhering to anything overtly formal or choreographed.
In a similar way, their latest Instagram post is marked by the individuality of Harry and Meghan’s approach to royal life. But it also feels normal and down-to-earth; something that any parent might share.
Baby Archie was born in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday, 6 May. Harry has since talked about how having a baby has provided him with a new purpose and goal in life.