KEY POINTS

  • Meghan Markle, who is heavily pregnant, was photographed carrying her son Archie during an outing Wednesday
  • SomeTwitter users appeared concerned over the way Markle was propping up the toddler on her baby bump
  • Others defended Markle, saying heavily pregnant moms often carry children in this manner

Meghan Markle was seen carrying her and Prince Harry's 1-year-old son Archie when she stepped out for an outing this week, and it sparked some safety concerns among social media users.

On Wednesday, the Duchess of Sussex was photographed propping her son, who turns 2 years old in May, up on her growing baby bump, Page Six reported. The images showed Archie's face, while Markle sported a face mask for their outing, which came after Prince Harry returned to California following Prince Philip's funeral last week.

Some Twitter users appeared concerned over the way Markle, who is set to give birth to her and Prince Harry's second child in early summer, is carrying the toddler.

"Wow - she must be a super strong woman to carry a toddler when 8 months pregnant!!!! Wow!!!!! And how is the baby with that kid’s knee pressing into it???" one person asked

"Genuinely pregnant women carry their toddlers on their hip, the child's legs under the bump. #MeghanMarkle balances 'Archie' on top of her bump, knees digging into it," a second user added.

"How is a pregnant woman able to carry that weight over her stomach," another wrote.

"There is no way she can carry the kid over her stomach if pregnant, the discomfort is unbearable, have been there," a fourth user wrote.

Other Twitter users insisted that there is no problem with heavily pregnant moms carrying a child in this manner, with some even sharing photos of other women doing the same.

"Look at all these super strong mothers doing it. Maybe they should form an Olympic team where they get to compete with a task that millions of women around the world accomplish daily," one person wrote

"Seriously? If you know anyone or have had children close together you should know that it’s perfectly normal to hold you’re toddler/baby while pregnant!" another added.

"Africans...women with melanin, do it all the time, never shirking their duty as mothers...it's never brute strength, but inner strength that moves mountains," another user commented.

Wrote another, "Black women do it all the time & he’s on her side actually," referring to Archie's position.

Markle and Prince Harry announced that they are expecting their second child on Valentine’s Day, a few months after the duchess revealed she suffered a miscarriage last summer.

"Harry and Meghan have always wanted a couple of kids—a little brother or sister for Archie, and they’re excitedly planning for the arrival of their bundle of joy," an unnamed source told Us Weekly at the time. "It’s a dream come true...Meghan fell pregnant again toward the end of last year. The baby is due at the end of spring."

According to the insider, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex don't plan to "hire a team of nannies" to take care of their children as her mother, Doria Ragland, is helping them out. 

"Doria loves being a grandma and looking after Archie," the source said.

Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry have taken legal action against several media publications, alleging invasion of privacy Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry have taken legal action against several media publications, alleging invasion of privacy Photo: POOL / Tolga AKMEN