Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s official Instagram account has delighted royal fans with an adorable mother’s day update – and it might contain a touching nod to Princess Diana.
The photo, shared this afternoon (May 12), shows baby Archie‘s little feet cradled in Meghan’s hand as she holds him wrapped in a white blanket.
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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. 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. Quote from “lands”: my mother was my first country; the first place i ever lived. Photo © SussexRoyal
In the background lies a scattering of what look like Forget-Me-Nots, said to be Harry’s mum’s favourite flowers.
They captioned the post: “Paying tribute to all mothers today – past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered. We honour and celebrate each and every one of you.
“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.”
The account then offered a quote from the poem Lands, by Nayyirah Waheed.
Within minutes the post garnered well over 100k likes as royal fans rushed to the comments to congratulate the Meghan on her new mum status and ask about the flowers.
One said: “Are those forget-me-nots in the background? Diana’s favourite flower? Touching. Happy Mother’s Day.”
Another wrote: “Wait! Just realised those are Princess Diana’s favourite flowers in the background. Forget-Me-Nots.”
Someone else commented: “Happy Mother’s Day, Meghan! Hope you’re enjoying your time with Archie.”
A fourth said: “Happy Mother’s Day Meghan! And to Mama Doria for raising such an incredible woman that I look up to.”
A fifth responded: “Little Archie’s feet are the cutest thing ever. Thanks for sharing this photo! Wishing a very happy Mother’s Day to you and your family!”
According to reports, Meghan could isolate herself for a few weeks as part of an unusual Chinese postnatal practice.
She’s believed to be interested in ‘postnatal confinement’ after reading a book given to her by her mum, Doria Ragland.
Called The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother, it’s said to recommend that new mums avoid visitors or interacting with the world, beyond a small circle of people, to form a better bond with their children while focussing on their own wellbeing.
A source told the Sun: “Doria has been speaking to Meghan constantly throughout her pregnancy, and couldn’t have been more supportive.
“She was recommended this book, read it, and then sent it to Meghan who said it had become her ‘bible’ – she wants to adopt the key principles in as much as her royal status allows.
“Obviously she cannot shut herself off completely from the outside world but she and Prince Harry are in agreement that her visitors in the first two weeks will be family members only.”
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