I have some fabulous news to announce *let the trumpet fare begin…I am officially the royal correspondent for BritMums. I know, it’s almost as exciting as actually bearing the future king or queen myself (if only my childhood dream of marrying Wills came true, Cinderella style). This is totes second best though, right? I mean, this way, I get to live vicariously through Kate’s pregnancy (without the vomiting-sorry Kate), bringing you the latest news on our beloved Kmiddy’s burgeoning bump, ‘unflinchingly’ covering her journey to motherhood for all to read. Squeal. May I welcome you to ‘The Royal Bump Watch’.
As we all know, Kate’s pregnancy was announced early as she was hospitalised for hyperemesis gravidarum (acute morning sickness) and following a radio prank call from Oz, a nurse from the King Edward VII Hospital, Jacintha Saldanha tragically lost her life.
The Duchess of Cambridge put on a brave face in her first public appearance after the events, in December, where she felt well enough to present Bradley Wiggins with a Sports Personality of the Year Award and Lord Coe with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
A month later, her January appearance at the unveiling of that ‘rotten’ terribly aging portrait by Paul Emsley, which will at least feel modern when she’s 40, showed Kate back to her best in a delicate red dress and more relaxed demeanour. Newspaper articles the world over, ambitiously referred to a bump that was barely visible. Slender in frame, women of her figure either show quite quickly in my experience or it takes a jolly old time. Moreover, at such an early gestation, it’s not unusual not to show, whatever your body shape.
Which brings us to this week, seeing Kate at approximately 19 weeks pregnant, visit the women’s substance abuse shelter Hope House with a slightly more visible bump (still teeny) and opting not to wear a coat, she appeared clearly keen to show it off, however small. It was also the first time she referred to her pregnancy, remarking to a woman there that it would be unnatural if she wasn’t worried about giving birth in July. A real pro and purveyor of dignity, she carried on as usual, (author Hilary Mantel’s contentious comments a day earlier did not seem to break her stride) as she confidently entered the rehabilitation centre and chatted away naturally to the women there.
The Duchess appears to be a compassionate, caring young woman, perfect for our Prince and watching this new chapter of her life unfold is truly fascinating. Yes, the couple deserve their privacy (I was shocked but not surprised to see US magazine Star breach this and print bump pics of her in her bikini on holiday) but enjoying watching a woman we admire at this most beautiful time of life: having a baby, along with its historical significance to boot, is something rather special.
I’m pretty excited for the new Royal baby, are you? Burning questions of what maternity choices will she make, what gender the baby will be and how her birth will go offers me and the public something positive to ponder. This royal correspondent is ready for duty. There’s a new, younger, more Greek looking Jennie Bond in town!
If you would like to watch BritMums Google + Hangout with myself and other bloggers discussing the Royal Bump ‘Royal Bump: Any of our Business’, do tune in on BritMums G+ on Tuesday 26th at at 10.30am for a 15 minute chat.