The Internet Has a Cute Theory About Why Meghan Markle Was Cradling Her Baby Bump So Much

"Baby Sussex" needed to make his/her presence known

Updated 12/14/18

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The Internet has had a LOT of feelings over Meghan Markle's surprise appearance at the British Fashion Awards Monday night. First, all attention centered around her enviable outfit, a black one-shoulder Givenchy dress. Next, fans turned to her protocol-breaking (but very chic) mani. After that, all eyes were on her jewelry, which turned out to be a subtle nod to her father-in-law.

But then, as things on the Internet always do, it took a nosedive and Twitter users began criticizing the expectant mother for holding her baby bump "too much" while onstage at the event (#StopBabyBumpShaming2018). Once you weed out the negative (and completely unnecessary) commentary, though, there's a kinder class of social media users who have an incredibly cute theory to defend Meghan's (very normal) two-handed belly cradling.

After the Duchess of Sussex introduced Clare Waight Keller as the Womenswear Designer of the Year, she stepped to the back of the stage so the designer could make her acceptance speech. But eagle-eyed fans caught Markle in the background shifting around and drawing attention to her pregnant belly. The 37-year-old royal had both her hands positioned beneath her bump during the event's entirety, but at one point moved one hand to the top of her belly and appeared to briefly close her eyes, which, according to the Internet, can only be explained as a kick from baby Sussex.

Yep, that's right—Twitter users are convinced that Meghan and Prince Harry's future royal baby had to make his or her presence known. (This has to be the cutest theory we've ever heard.) And, with a kick so fierce that Meghan had to readjust, fans joked that their child already takes after Harry's energetic personality.

Others remarked that the mini royal was "playing."

Or, that baby Sussex simply needed some attention.

Regardless of whether the infant was playing polo in Meghan's belly, Katherine Graves, founder of KG Hypnobirthing, told Daily Mail that Meghan's bump-hugging tendency actually has quite a positive impact. According to Graves, the "baby responds every time" a mother touches her bump in a hypnobirthing class. "It's a positive thing for both mum and baby to touch and reassure," she added.

Meghan is set to give birth this upcoming spring. In the meantime, she and Harry have a few construction projects to tackle (nursery included) before they make their official move from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage.

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