Alison Hammond has responded to fans of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘upset’ that the new photograph of their son Archie doesn’t show the tot’s face.
On Thursday May 6, Archie celebrated his second birthday.
To mark the occasion, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a sepia-toned picture of him online, showing the toddler with his back to the camera, holding a bunch of balloons.
While many people were delighted to see the image of Archie, others complained that they couldn’t see his face, a criticism that Alison addressed on Friday’s edition of This Morning.
Speaking to her co-host Dermot O’Leary and guests Nick Ferrari and Gyles Brandreth, Alison said: ‘Meghan and Harry have posted a picture of Archie on his second birthday, which is lovely. Here it is. But lots of fans are a little bit upset with the fact that you can’t see his face.’
In response to this critique, the TV presenter then exclaimed: ‘We’ve seen his face before!’
Gyles questioned whether the decision to obscure Archie’s face was a ‘privacy issue’ or ‘just an arty photograph’, remarking that he suspects ‘it’s probably a bit of both’.
LBC radio presenter Nick jumped to Meghan and Harry’s defence, saying that he believes it’s ‘just a nice photo’ and urging the public to give the couple ‘space’.
‘I think it is just a nice photo,’ he said. ‘I think each of them has perhaps done a few missteps in recent months. I would urge everybody, can we just press pause.
‘Can we just let them try and live a little? If they do another interview then, ok, maybe we sharpen our pencils again. But can we just let them get on with their life and the little chap, Meghan have a baby… and just afford them a bit of time and space to see where they go.’
In addition to the new picture of Archie, Meghan and Harry honoured their son’s birthday by asking people to donate towards the global Covid vaccine rollout.
In a joint statement on their Archewell foundation website, they said that they felt ‘deeply touched’ by the ‘warmth and support’ shown towards their family for Archie’s birthday.
Donations will go to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which is coordinating Covax, a global programme to ensure the fair distribution of Covid jabs, along with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and the World Health Organisation.
Meghan and Harry are currently expecting their second child, announcing during their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March that they’re having a baby girl.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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