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Holly Willoughby explains why she doesn’t show photos of her children’s faces

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Holly Willoughby has revealed why she doesn’t show photos of her children’s faces as she defends Meghan Markle over privacy rights.

The 40 year old is mum to sons Harry, 11, and Chester, six, and daughter Belle, nine, but has always concealed their identity to her millions of followers.

The This Morning host has now opened up on the reason behind her decision to not show their faces in her snaps as she shares photos of her children with the world.

She discussed privacy rights on Wednesday’s episode of the hit ITV daytime show as she and co-host Phillip Schofield aired an unseen clip of Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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Meghan says in the clip: “If you’re at work and you have a photograph of your child on your desk and your co-worker says, ‘Oh my gosh, your kid’s so cute, that’s fantastic, can I see your phone so I can see all the pictures of your child?,’ you go, ‘No, this is the picture I’m comfortable sharing with you’.

“And then if they double down and say, ‘No, but you’ve already shared that one, so you have to show me everything. You know what, I’m just going to hire someone to sit in front of your house or hide in the bushes and take pictures into your backyard, because you’ve lost your right to privacy because you’ve shared one image with me’.”

Whilst royal expert Camilla Tominey hit back at Meghan’s comments, claiming the Royal family have had more privacy in recent years than ever before, Holly empathised with the Duchess of Sussex.

She said: “Camilla, what she’s talking about is the children here, and that is the case. I know this even with my own children, I choose not to show my children’s faces because I know that that’s the deal.

“If you show one photograph then they are, they’re out there, they’re there for consumption for everybody, which is why I choose not to do it. So in that example, she’s right there, isn’t she?”

Camilla responded: “But there’s a difference between protecting our own family’s privacy – she’s perfectly entitled, as you are – when you put the kids on Instagram to have their faces pixelated or not even shown, no one’s debating that.

“No newspaper in Britain – the European magazines might differ, by the way, and even the American press – would feature an unauthorised picture of Archie, the same way they wouldn’t Prince George, Charlotte or Louis, it doesn’t happen anymore.”

Holly’s comments come just days after she shared a rare selfie with her daughter Belle to celebrate International Women’s Day on Monday 8 March.

Holly flaunts a huge grin at the camera in the post, while Belle leans in for a hug and shields her face behind her mum’s blonde locks.

Belle wears a gorgeous floral top in the stunning image, with a pink hairband atop her own blonde tresses.

Alongside the photo, Holly wrote to her seven million Instagram followers: “There is a magic in her… there is a magic in all women…. a wild and strong magic… can you feel it…” alongside a sparkle emoji and the International Women’s Day hashtag.

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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