Raising a royal
When I had my first baby I had no idea how to look after him. I went to parenting lessons before he was born but they just told me I should eschew disposable diapers for fabric reusable nappies, nothing practical. So it took me an hour to wriggle him into a sleepsuit (I could never get those buttons to do up properly) then another hour to take him straight back out because his diaper needed changing. That took another 30 minutes (and at least seven disposable nappies because the tabs wouldn’t stick/came off/ or the nappy fell down or leaked) and don’t even get me started on bathing, feeding or putting the baby seat into the car. I avoided going out for the first two weeks because it was all too stressful.
So I can imagine what the new royal parents William and Kate are going through. Even though they could have an army of helpers they’ve decided to be very hands-on with Prince George. That’s why we’ve come up with a royal guide to bringing up Britain’s third in line to the throne on page 24. While Wills will literally be a helicopter dad, I don’t see him or Kate potty whispering or doing baby yoga (especially the sort we’re talking about where the teacher spins the newborn over her head!). But whatever parenting style they adopt they’ll be fantastic, modern parents who will always want the best for their child.
That’s what the parents of Sonali Mukherjee hoped for too, before they awoke on a muggy summer’s night to the sound of her screams. A man she spurned and his friends threw acid over her while she slept, leaving her blind and horrifically injured. She battled through 22 operations and depression to become the ‘face’ of acid attack victims. She’s still fighting – for other victims and the chance of a normal life. Read her incredibly moving story on page 18 and let me know what you think. Until next week,