According to The Associated Press, Kate Middleton made the bold, applause-worthy choice to appear in public before her post-pregnancy belly went back to normal. But she didn't really have a choice — the media demanded she pose for a photo opp just 24 hours after giving birth to the new Prince George, so she did. Looking the way she looked. After having given birth in the previous 24 hours.
The AP got multiple quotes from women who thought the Duchess sent "the right message" by appearing in public with a bit of a remaining belly, as if she had a choice regarding doing so. Lyss Stern of New York City said, "I love that she came out and there was a mommy tummy. It was there! We all saw it!" Melissa Baker of Maryland concurred: "I liked that she didn't look perfect."
It's nice that these women aren't judging Middleton for looking the way she does, but the future queen probably wasn't trying to make a statement about women's bodies in the media at the Royal Baby's introduction to the world. There's no physical way she could have hidden her shape. Nor did billions of curious Royal Baby-watchers afford her any privacy whatsoever. So there she was, smiling for the cameras. The AP did suggest that Middleton could have used her new baby as some kind of human shield to hide her belly from view, but she didn't — another bold choice.