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"Absolute icon!" Mums praise Meghan Markle for proudly showing off her gorgeous post-partum figure

Now THIS is what a post-baby body REALLY looks like!

By Rebecca Sullivan
Stepping out into the world and fronting a press pack is every new mother's worst nightmare, but Duchess Meghan did just that - and with unimaginable style and grace - as she and Prince Harry introduced their gorgeous son Archie to the world.
And rather than try to hide her beautiful post-partum bump, which certainly does not go away until a few months after the baby arrives, the 37-year-old new mum decided to proudly show it off to the world - and it has mums around the globe cheering!
Sadly, we still aren't used to seeing images of women looking less-than-perfect right after giving birth, but Meghan is paving the way for a new normal for women everywhere.
Meghan actually chose a style of dress that would accentuate her "Mum tum", as you can see in the photos below.
The trench-style, sleeveless tuxedo dress by British designer Grace Wales Bonner featured a tie at the waist, which only served to highlight Meghan's beautiful rotund bump.
However, the choice of the colour white was certainly a brave one.
As any mother knows, those first few days after giving birth can be messy and complicated with, er, lots going on below the waist. Surfboard pads is immediately what comes to mind when we think of having to wear white 48-hours after giving birth.
White can be incredibly unforgiving and show stains very easily, but Meghan managed to keep her outfit pristine for the very short official photocall at Windsor Castle.
Meghan resting her hands on her gorgeous post-partum stomach. (Image: Getty)
She chose a dress that showed off her gorgeous post-birth body. (Image: Getty)
Look at that gorgeous bump! (Image: Getty)
The Duchess was hailed as an "absolute icon" by women on social media for failing to hide her post-birth bump in a flowy dress or elasticised waist, instead choosing to celebrate the incredible human feat her body had just performed.
But of course, Meghan still did look absolutely stunning as she and Prince Harry introduced little Archie to the world, and the Duchess clearly had the help of a hair and makeup team at her disposal to help glam her up for the occasion.
She kept her makeup subtle, with her signature freckles still showing through and her hair in natural-looking waves.
WATCH BELOW: Meghan and Harry proudly show off little baby Archie for the first time. Story continues after video.
We always knew that Meghan's post-birth look was going to be very different from that of her sister-in-law Kate Middleton, who emerged from hospital just hours after giving birth with all three of her children, primped and preened to perfection as she stood on the steps of the Lindo Wing in London.
But the modern, feminist Meghan reportedly "felt sorry" for Kate during her rather public royal baby displays and said she wanted to do things very differently.
The family released a statement last month, via Buckingham Palace, saying they wanted to keep the details of their baby's birth private and would be doing things their way.
And it's clear Meghan and Harry have stayed true to their word.