Meghan Markle Had ‘Inhibitions’ About Showing Off Archie Harrison For The First Time

In less than a year, Meghan Markle has gone from a royal bride to protective mom after she and Prince Harry welcomed their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on May 6th. A couple of days after his birth, the couple showed off their newborn at St. George’s Hall in Windsor, and during the three-minute appearance, a body language expert says that Markle appeared to have “slight inhibitions” about sharing her son with the world.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with newborn Archie
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with newborn Archie | Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Meghan’s body language said a lot

Body language expert Judi James says that Meghan Markle sent a lot of messages to fans through not only her poses but how she touched her husband and son.

“Meghan’s self-comfort touches suggested some slight inhibitions but -as she did during their engagement – she was the one leading the interview while placing a protective arm around her two boys,” said James, according to The Sun.

Meghan stood by Harry’s side during the brief appearance while offering “maternal-looking support.”

Prince Harry isn’t a normal royal dad

James added that Harry appeared to be an “adept cradler,” and seemed to be very comfortable while holding his son. The youngest son of Prince Charles and late Princess Diana held baby Archie throughout the appearance, and he used a “face softening look of love” when he looked at the newborn.

This is quite the departure from other royal males, says James. More often than not, they tend to “hold their new babies like Ming vases.”

When the couple turned to leave with their newborn, Markle put her hand on Harry’s back, which James says was a signal that the new mom was rewarding her husband for his loving leadership. She says the gesture was more exaggerated than usual, and she included a rub with the hand and thumb, which shows that she feels protective of her husband and son.

Not the same as Prince William and Kate Middleton

The arrival of baby Archie was vastly different from Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis – William and Kate’s three children. While the future King and Queen welcomed their children at the famous private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital (just like Charles and Diana), Meghan Markle and Prince Harry did things their own way.

Meghan had planned on a home birth at Frogmore Cottage, but the night before she delivered, Harry and their Scotland Yard security team rushed her to London’s Portland Hospital. She gave birth at the luxurious Regents Park unit – which costs more than £15,000 for a basic delivery.

Instead of walking down the famous steps of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s in front of hundreds of photographers, Meghan and Harry opted for a more intimate setting at St. George’s Hall, with a photographer, a reporter, and three cameras two days after their son was born.

Not long after the baby arrived, Harry did give an impromptu press conference to tell the world that he had become a dad, and he couldn’t help but gush about the “amazing” experience while praising his wife.

The new parents are glowing

Meghan Markle’s delivery reportedly had zero complications, and she gave birth to Archie at 5:26 a.m. on May 6th, when he weighed in at seven pounds three ounces. The Duchess of Sussex was a week past her due date, and insiders say that Meghan’s trip to the hospital was so secretive, senior royal officials were kept out of the loop.

While Meghan and Harry showed off their newborn, she wore a white sleeveless dress from British designer Grace Wales Bonner, and both parents glowed as Harry swaddled Archie in a white blanket. The baby was wearing a white beanie, so fans didn’t get the chance to see how much hair the little guy has, or if he is a brunette or redhead.

Baby Archie isn’t like his parents

“It’s magic. It’s pretty amazing. I have the best two guys in the world, so I’m really happy,” Meghan Markle said about being a new mom.

The 37-year-old Duchess added that Archie has “the sweetest temperament” and is “really calm,” to which Harry exclaimed, “I don’t know where he gets that from!”

The couple also announced Archie’s arrival on their Instagram page, and in the caption, they wrote that they were “delighted to share their first public moment as a family.” The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also posted three pictures of their new royal family.