On Sunday, May 12, the @SussexRoyal account gave the world another glimpse of the royal baby…this time, with his best (itty-bitty) feet forward.
The Instagram post honors Meghan Markle's first Mother's Day as a mom and also honors her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana. It shows what we can assume to be Markle's hand holding baby Archie's little feet. The rest of Archie isn't included in the shot, but he is wrapped in what appears to be the same white blanket by G.H. Hurt & Son from the photo shoot last Wednesday when Baby Sussex was introduced to the world. The mother and son appear to be outside over a bed of tiny blue flowers, which have been identified as forget-me-nots, aka Princess Diana's favorite flower.
The Sunday Times royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah tweeted about the significance of the photo backdrop: "To mark Mother’s Day in the US, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released this picture of baby Archie’s feet against a backdrop of forget-me-knots, Diana, Princess of Wales’s favorite flowers. Meghan is spending her first US Mother’s Day as a new mother with her mother Doria."
And even the caption alluded to Diana as mother who is "lost but forever remembered." The Sussexes' account wrote underneath the photo: "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."
What's interesting are the first two countries listed: the U.S. and Canada. While she may be geographically closer to "several countries across Europe," Markle is American and spent several years living in Toronto, so those two places are near and dear to her heart. The caption continues with a few lines from the poem "lands" by African American writer and poet Nayyirah Waheed, and we're reminded of Markle's blogging days on The Tig with this sweet and sentimental addition:
my first country;
the first place i ever lived."
And we thought our handwritten card was sweet…