Meghan Markle handled the entire lighthearted exchange perfectly
During an official royal visit today, Meghan Markle greeted several workers at an animal welfare charity. During the polite exchanges, one of the women referred to Markle, who is six months pregnant with her first child, as a “fat lady.”
And Meghan Markle handled it seamlessly — because of course she did.
The Duchess of Sussex was recently given several new patronages by the Queen herself, and one of them is Mayhew — the animal welfare organization she visited today. It’s right up Markle’s alley since she’s been an avid supporter of rescue organizations and has even adopted three dogs herself.
While introducing herself to the volunteers who work there, everyone in the room was caught off-guard by the comment (which was absolutely meant as a good-hearted jest):
“Lovely lady, you are! May the good Lord always bless you…And you’re a fat lady!”
Do my ears deceive me? Quite possibly the first time the Duchess of Sussex has been called a "fat lady" and loved it pic.twitter.com/xR2NelQyAW
— Hannah Furness (@Hannah_Furness) January 16, 2019
It’s probably not every day a Duchess is referred to as a ‘fat lady’ during an official event. Especially one who is pregnant. But her reaction — “I’ll take it!” — is perfection. And the woman was being completely earnest in expressing her goodwill, so props to Markle for realizing that and being so gracious.
Because what else was she going to do? She could probably tell right away it wasn’t meant maliciously, but was more of a compliment toward her beautiful baby bump. Also, let’s be honest, if there’s one thing that brings out the forthrightness in people and their commentary — it’s a baby bump.
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Today The Duchess of Sussex made her first visit to @TheMayhew since becoming Patron – Mayhew is a grassroots charity working in a unique way to improve the lives of animals and people to better communities both in London and internationally. Mayhew looks for innovative ways to reduce the number of animals in need through pro-active community and educational initiatives and preventative veterinary care. Among the people she met was Wully, a formerly homeless pet refuge service user, and his two dogs Azzy and Gallis – The Duchess found out about the different ways Mayhew’s animal welfare officers have supported Wully and his pets over the past 11 years. Her Royal Highness also met Roobarb the dog, who is part of Mayhew’s dog therapy programme TheraPaws, which puts smiles on the faces of vulnerable individuals. The Duchess met volunteers who dedicate their time to Mayhew community programmes, including the trap, neuter and return programme, which controls and cares for the feral cat communities in London. And Her Royal Highness was also able to meet the team behind Mayhew’s international work, which includes an overseas vet training programme in countries like India and Afghanistan to help improve animal welfare.
Remember last month when Meghan showed up to present an award to her favorite fashion designer, and trolls couldn’t wait to lambast the expecting mom for having the gall to cradle her own pregnant belly? Many people were quick to defend her, but just as many called the action of a woman touching her own baby bump “performative.”
Meghan and Harry’s baby is due sometime later this spring. Kensington Palace officially announced the news back in October:
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019.”
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Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019. Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public. 📷PA
The baby will likely make its royal arrival in late April or early May, given the timeline Markle herself offered publicly during another royal outing just yesterday. She also mentioned that she and Harry do not know the sex of the baby, because they wish to be “surprised.”
We are eagerly awaiting the news that another adorable royal baby has made its way into the world — fingers crossed for a gorgeous head of ginger hair!