All we want is to share in the joy of Baby Sussex
Almost 50 days. that is how long it has been since the Duchess of sussex has appeared in public. since then, a news embargo means nothing emerged about her whereabouts or welfare. one presumes she spent her time at Frogmore Cottage, mother Doria by her side, preparing for this wonderful event that might have already happened.
Radio DJ Chris Evans has hinted that Baby sussex is already here. Perhaps the news will be released by the time you read this, in which case let joy and glad tidings abound.
Yet as the weeks rolled on through spring, the Prince Harry- led lockdown that accompanied this royal birth has left a niggling feeling of awkwardness. Where do we all go from here?
of course, the arrival of a baby is a moment of private, blazing joy for all parents. Yet for the Duke and Duchess of sussex, there is a fine line between enjoying total privacy and fulfilling their royal obligations.
In April, they infamously put out a statement saying that they had taken a personal decision to ‘ keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private’. All would be revealed once ‘they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family’.
their concerns and desires are understandable in the modern fishbowl world, especially as meghan is an older, firsttime mother in a very different role.
However, as time marches on, is it wrong of me to think that this blanket secrecy and exclusive strategy of theirs is beginning to look a bit off?
Is the baby here yet, is it not? Has the stork delivered, or is it in a holding pattern over Windsor? Is it upon us like a storm or a second coming or a new single from taylor swift? or is it not?
All this confected mystery is seen as a groundbreaking piece of woke feminism on the Duchess’s part, but only by those who don’t understand the British monarchy or the singular and symbiotic relationship it has with the British public.
I’m talking about people like oprah Winfrey, who has been friends with meghan for about five minutes, and who is now an expert when it comes to commenting on royal and constitutional matters.
Perhaps she could be the new Buckingham Palace spokeswoman? she’s certainly got the confidence and the broadcasting skills.
THIs week on American TV, oprah has been burbling on yet again about how she’s proud of meghan for ‘keeping the birth private’.
the way she goes on! It is such an affront. It’s as if the British public were demanding cameras be allowed in the Frogmore bedchamber, perhaps with a live action Dimbleby commentary on the side.
And it is hard not to laugh when oprah claims the Duchess of sussex is going to start her family ‘in a different way than it’s been done for more than a thousand years’.
Prithee, forsooth my good lady oprah! And wilt thou have a pinch of snuff to season thy baby balderdash? she clearly doesn’t realise that until very recently, Home secretaries attended royal births, including the Queen’s. the last time was in 1936 for the birth of the Queen’s cousin, Princess Alexandra but the presence of a government minister is no longer required.
You see, oprah, we have already moved into the modern world, thanks all the same for your input.
And while I wish Harry and meghan nothing but the best, it is not really fair to suggest the arrival of Baby sussex is nobody’s business but theirs. For they are not Hollywood celebrities, they are Windsor celebrities, and there is a big difference.
the birth of a new member of the Royal Family is our business, actually. British people have long invested emotionally and financially into this institution. And whatever he might think, Prince Harry cannot escape the unspoken contract the Royal Family has with the British public, or ignore the important fact that the monarchy’s survival is predicated on their support and affection.
And I’m afraid to say that means allowing the masses into the main events of their lives, even if that is to a degree they find distasteful.
Everyone has been so understanding about this young couple, as they struggle to find a practical new way of being modern royals that melds with their soho House lifestyle. However, even the most ardent royalists don’t want to feel that their honest and warm interest in the Windsors and their bouncing new Windsor babies is somehow wrong or unwanted or tainted.
Harry and meghan tamper with that golden pond of goodwill at their peril. For while being a member of the Royal Family might be a drag, we all know it has its many benefits, too.
CHIEFLY, a global platform upon which to launch their favourite charities and pet causes; beautiful homes in which to live; and access to the £80 million sovereign Grant.
If the sussexes still decide the cost of being royal is simply too high, they can always leave the fold and live their lives in glorious, undisturbed privacy for ever more.
Nobody wants that, perhaps least of all them. Few doubt the stresses of dukedom and accompanying duchess constraints, but let’s be honest; the reality of Harry and meghan’s situation is that they are victors in life’s lottery, not victims.
Putting up with the odd awkward photo shoot and the fond interest of a nation is a small price for all the love and affection that will come surging their way in return.
In the meantime, a new baby! How absolutely wonderful. Please let us share in that joy.