Meghan Markle, 37, joined Kate Middleton, 37, for a family day out at the Billingbear Polo Club in Wokingham, Surrey yesterday. The duo took their children to watch Prince Harry, 34, take part in the charity polo tournament. Various pictures saw the Duchess of Sussex holding onto her two-month-old son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Many Twitter users flocked to the micro-blogging site to slam the way Meghan was holding onto her tot.

One user commented: “I get anxious simply looking at these pictures.

“It’s sad that Meghan Markle seems so awkward and uncomfortable around her own son.”

Another wrote: “Meghan doesn’t know how to carry her own baby! Such a shame.”

Now, Piers Morgan, 54, has defended the royal, telling readers he “felt sorry” for her amid the backlash.

In his Daily Mail column, Piers began by saying he isn’t a “massive fan” of Meghan, but insisted people should cut her some slack as she’s a new mum.

He said: “When I read the vicious reaction to photos of her awkwardly carrying her new baby son Archie at a polo match, a surprising pang of sympathy welled up inside me.

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“She’s only been a mother for a few weeks.

“It takes time, and a lot of trial and error, to get familiar with how to comfortably take care of a baby,” he added.

Piers, who has four children, added: “I’m sure there are plenty of similar pictures of me in the family archives having similar issues carrying my first-born son.”

He went on to say the negative comments are “mean-spirited and horrible”.

Piers defended Meghan after calling her a “Hollywood actress” following reports claiming her security team asked a fan to stop taking pictures of her at Wimbledon.

A royal source reportedly told the Daily Telegraph Meghan “wanted to engage with people and events rather than camera phones”.

Another insider claimed Meghan’s denim wear caused problems at the event.

A source told The Times: “She wanted to come incognito but there were problems.

“They couldn’t invite her into the royal box because she was wearing jeans, but that didn’t really matter because all she wanted to do was come and watch Serena [Williams].”

Sharing his views on the reports, Piers said on Good Morning Britain: “I don’t know what they’re trying to achieve.

“She wants all the good stuff and she’s behaving like a Hollywood actress.

“She wants to have her cake and eat it and it’s driving people nuts.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6.30m on ITV.