Meghan Markle has been slammed for not ironing her one-year-old daughter’s dress after a snap from Lilibet’s birthday party emerged.
The sun cited several negative comments about baby Sussex’s outfit, initially suggesting, “Eagle-eyed mums all say the same thing.”
The story came just as the newspaper published a separate article praising Kate’s parenting of Prince Louis after the four-year-old’s playful performance at the Platinum Jubilee.
Some criticized Kate, while The sun posted a story with a body language expert revealing “the clever parenting tricks Kate Middleton uses to keep Prince Louis in line”.
Many may think Kate’s defense was legitimate, with some of the abuse inflicted on her being vitriolic, but the story took on a very different tone to Meghan’s.
The sun however, made adjustments to its cover after publication, suggesting that it may have been recognized that its initial take was unfair.
The story was originally headlined, “WRINKLE IN TIME Royal fans rejoice at Lilibet’s adorable birthday snap, but eagle-eyed mums are all saying the same thing.”
This was later changed to say “tough moms all say the same thing”.
The story originally read: “SHE is the spitting image of her famous parents. But while most royal fans were swept away by the new portrait of Lilibet, daughter of Meghan and Prince Harry, to mark her first birthday, others said the same thing. That Lilibet’s pale blue dress should have been ironed.”
However, that was later changed to say, “Very demanding mums found themselves saying the same thing.”
The updated version of the story also described the critics as “harsh trolls” as the publication moved away from attacks on Meghan’s status as a mother.
However, it remains live and includes quotes from an anonymous social media user saying, “Awful photo. Why would a loving parent want their child presented so poorly?
“The hand-embroidered dress is not shown to show off the child’s personality. Instead, it looks wrinkled and worn over time.”
Another said: “The dress needs to be ironed.”
The article offered balance, quoting another royal fan who said: “She’s a child, how dare you attack her little wrinkles??
“I didn’t even notice them because I was so excited to see her sweet face. Loving her parents or not, it doesn’t matter, but bashing her dress is more than rude!”
However, the saga has echoes of a past era in couple coverage when Meghan was singled out for a series of perceived minor infractions at royal jobs.
These included everything from wearing black nail polish to touching her pregnancy bump too often.
In the post-COVID era, the couple’s public appearances are less frequent and so complaints about etiquette or protocol have given way to a larger narrative about the couple exploiting their royal titles, being hypocritical about the environment or upsetting the queen.
The platinum jubilee began with the hope of any sign of an olive branch between Meghan and Harry and the royal family.
However, they were barely seen with other family members as they were confined to watching from a side office during Trooping the Color on Thursday, June 2.
They appeared at a church service for the Queen at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, on Friday June 3, but sat opposite William and Kate.
The Cambridges were then visiting Wales during Lilibet’s birthday celebrations.
All of this means there was little visible chance for Meghan, Kate and William to mend their relationship after the Oprah Winfrey interview in March 2021.
Meanwhile, social media fandoms have attacked Meghan and Kate as mothers.
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