A woman called Meghan Markle a 'fat lady' during a royal outing, and her response was surprisingly sweet

EDDIE MULHOLLAND/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Duchess of Sussex meets a dog named Foxy during her visit to the animal-welfare charity Mayhew in London on Wednesday.
  • Meghan Markle on Wednesday visited animal-welfare charity Mayhew.
  • She was introduced to a care-home resident named Peggy McEachrom, who told her, “You are a fat lady.”
  • The Duchess of Sussex laughed and replied, “I’ll take it!”
  • Twitter users were quick to point out that in many African and Caribbean cultures, calling a pregnant woman fat is a compliment.

If you haven’t heard that Meghan Markle is expecting a baby in April, we can only assume you’ve been living under a rock.

The Duchess of Sussex is now sporting quite the baby bump –and she’s absolutely rocking it.

One woman phrased her approval of the bump in a way that surprised some when she met Markle on a royal outing.

Meghan markle mayhew bellyKarwai Tang/WireImageMeghan Markle.

During a visit to animal-welfare charity Mayhew in London on Wednesday, Markle was introduced to a group of women, including a care-home resident named Peggy McEachrom.

After shaking Markle’s hand, McEachrom told her, “God bless you,” and added, “You’re a fat lady.”

The Duchess of Sussex – and the rest of the room – burst into laughter, and she replied, “I’ll take it!”

Read more: Prince Harry called himself ‘a feminist’ during a visit to a women’s charity, and hugged or shook the hand of everyone there

A few royal correspondents caught the moment on camera and posted the exchange to Twitter.

ITV News royal editor Chris Ship shared a comment from a Twitter user who told him that calling someone a “fat lady” is a compliment among many African and Caribbean people.

Another Twitter user added: “HRH MM demonstrated cultural sensitivity. In Africa, calling a pregnant woman fat is a BIG BIG complement [sic].”

The duchess is now a patron of Mayhew. During her visit she learned about how the charity helps its patrons through pet therapy.

Mayhew is one of Markle’s four new patronages, all of which tap into her past experiences and passions, including animals, the arts, women’s equality, and education.

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.