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Emmerdale’s Lucy Pargeter full of praise for Duchess of Sussex

She was thrilled Meghan showed her baby bump after giving birth

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Actress Lucy Pargeter has praised Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle for revealing her post-baby bump.

The royal welcomed son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor with husband Prince Harry on May 6 and the Duchess didn’t try to hide her figure when she appeared at a photocall days later.

Meghan didn’t hide her tummy (Credit: Chris Allerton © Sussex Royal)

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Lucy told The Daily Mirror: “Thank goodness, Meghan didn’t disguise her bump, she was the reality of what happens – you still have a tummy!”

Lucy also insisted that her children are more important than having a perfect body.

The 42-year-old actress welcomed twin girls with her partner Rudi Coleano in 2017 after undergoing IVF and although her body now looks different to how it did before she had kids, Lucy says she is happy that she can show “the reality” of someone who has had children.

Lucy gave birth to her IVF twins in 2017 (Credit: SplashNews.com)

She said: “I’d rather be the reality of someone who has just had a child than the unrealistic version some people portray.

“I don’t look how I used to – there are a few things I’m not happy with – but right now my children are my priority and I come second.”

She went on to say she doesn’t got to the gym as she doesn’t “have time” and when she finishes work she’d “rather play with the kids for half an hour” instead of hitting the weights.

Paddy and Chas lost baby Gracie after she was born (Credit: ITV)

Last year Lucy revealed how “thankful” she was to be cleaning baby sick off her bedroom floor, at the same time as her Emmerdale character was losing a baby.

The star said she is even more grateful for her twin girls, who she refers to as “twirls”, after shooting a traumatic storyline in which her alter-ego Chas Dingle‘s baby Grace was alive for just 20 minutes after being diagnosed with bilateral renal agenesis.

She wrote on Twitter: “I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has watched tonight’s epp.”

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Lucy is up for the Best Actress gong at tonight’s British Soap Awards.

The British Soap Awards are on Saturday June 1 at 8pm on ITV.

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