Don’t push it, mum Meghan needs peace

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News -


KEEP­ING MUM Good on Harry and Meghan for keep­ing the de­tails of the birth un­der wraps and want­ing the chance to “cel­e­brate pri­vately as a new fam­ily”.

Mums the world over will get this.

Even if you are get­ting the best care tax­payer money can pro­vide, giv­ing birth then be­ing forced to pa­rade in front of cam­eras hours later is a form of cru­elty.

The last thing I’d have wanted to do af­ter de­liv­er­ing my baby is have my hair and make-up done, put on a pretty dress and kit­ten heels and smile for a bunch of strangers.

I re­mem­ber be­ing so tired, shocked and bro­ken in body and mind, I just wanted to sleep and eat toast.

They’d have needed a skilled sur­geon to re­move my dress­ing gown that day.

It was enough get­ting my head around the fact I was now a mother with a baby to look af­ter.

I know I had nine months to get used to the idea but noth­ing pre­pares you for the day your baby ac­tu­ally ar­rives.

Be­ing a first-time mum, while ex­hil­a­rat­ing, is ut­terly daunt­ing.

We have to be re­spect­ful to new par­ents if they want to have a few days to them­selves be­fore pre­sent­ing their bun­dle of joy to friends and fam­ily or, in Harry and Meghan’s case, the planet.

I do like the fact this mod­ern royal cou­ple are do­ing it their way, stay­ing true to their val­ues and prin­ci­ples. It is a great ex­am­ple to set their child.

Al­though I’ll still be fu­ri­ously check­ing their In­sta­gram feed for up­dates.

Judge Darcey Bus­sell is step­ping down on Strictly, and I’ll miss her. The re­tired bal­le­rina was the one judge who de­liv­ered her feed­back with­out a song and a dance. She was poised and el­e­gant in her cri­tique, just as she’d been with her danc­ing. There’s much de­bate about whether she left be­cause she wanted a £40,000 pay rise or was sick of the drama be­hind the scenes. But I reckon seven years sit­ting next to Craig Revel Hor­wood would take its toll on the best of us.

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