Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Celebrate Duchess’ First UK Mother’s Day with a Simple Message of Thanks

It’s Mother’s Day in the UK and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is celebrating the UK holiday for the first time as a mom. More than that, Prince Harry and Meghan are celebrating all moms with their touching Instagram post that gives thanks, without making the focus about Meghan in particular.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor at a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Archie Mountbatten-Windsor | Toby Melville – Pool/Getty Images

The Sussexes shared their thanks for all moms

With the Sussexes now residing in Canada, they likely won’t celebrate the occasion until May 10, when the U.S. and Canada observe the holiday. Despite that calendar fact, the Sussexes still took a moment to acknowledge the UK holiday and share their thanks with mothers around the world.

They shared an image on their Sussex Royal Instagram account that read: “Mummy. Mum. Mom. Mama. Granny. Nan. Thank you. [Red heart emoji].”

The caption explained: “No matter what you call your mum, this Mother’s Day in the UK, we honour the mums all over the world who do so much every single day, and now more than ever. Thank you.”

Archie was born on May 6, 2019 and the couple posted a Mother’s Day message on May 12 in honor of the countries that celebrated it at the time. Accompanying a photo of Meghan’s hand holding Archie’s feet, they wrote: “Paying tribute to all mothers today — past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered. We honor and celebrate each and every one of you.”

The post continued: “Today is Mother’s Day in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Japan, and several countries across Europe. This is the first Mother’s Day for The Duchess of Sussex.”

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge also paid tribute

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge also took to social media to share a message for the occasion as well as some family photos and a cute card Prince George made for Kate. 

The Cambridges wrote: “To mothers new and old and families spending today together and apart — we are thinking of you all at this difficult time. Happy Mother’s Day.”

They included photos of the couple with children George and Princess Charlotte, another image of William and Prince Harry with their late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Kate as a baby with her mother, Carole Middleton.

Other royal family members recognized mothers

The royal family’s Instagram account shared a black and white photo of the queen (then Princess Elizabeth) and her mother, Queen Elizabeth, arriving at Westminster Abbey.

The caption read: “Mothering Sunday is a chance to thank and celebrate all mothers and caregivers, wherever they may be. Today may be a different and difficult day for those who would usually plan to spend time with their mothers, as we adapt to the necessary changes and disruption to our normal routine and regular patterns of life.”

“But for all Mums everywhere, we are thinking of you, and wish you all a very special Mother’s Day,” the message noted.

The Clarence House Instagram included a photo of Prince Charles as a young boy with his mother, with the caption noting: “Wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day, particularly in a year when families may not be able to be together. A young Prince Charles plays in the Clarence House garden with his mother, Princess Elizabeth, in 1950.”