Oh my goodness! Pregnancy rumours have been rife ever since Prince Harry married Meghan Markle five months ago, and now that the pair have announced they are expecting their first child — ‘in the Spring of 2019’ in case you missed the official palace statement — the media is in a frenzy! Eagle-eyed royal watchers hinted that a pregnancy was a sure bet in September… There was apparently something suspicious about the Duchess of Sussex opting for a new ‘do.
You can just imagine the thought process of some people though, can’t you. After the official announcement, the calendars must have been whipped out and vague calculations commenced. Questions and comments come in waves. ‘Is she really only 12 weeks along?’ ‘Could it be that she was pregnant prior to the wedding?’ ‘Geez, that Prince Harry must be a real stud!’ The media scrutiny and public commentary is laughable, but we will continue to hear about it right up until the newest royal addition makes its arrival, and then long after it.
I’ve got to hand it to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They are taking this intense interest in their strides.
Here is a newly married couple, clearly ‘in love’ and eagerly anticipating the birth of their first baby. However, one of the prices of being a member of the British royal family is that they seemingly live in a goldfish bowl, under the scrutiny of the public eye. Every gesture they make, every event they attend, how big is Meghan’s baby bump… It will be chronicled for the world to comment on. And, the world will!
It feels like the world has got a serious case of Royal Fever, but I’m sure there are a sizeable group of people who simply do not care. I’ve read plenty complaining that the focus on the royals takes away from ‘real issues’ we should be worried about and opposing how commercial the royal family has become, to an overwhelming dislike of anything ‘royal’ and being thoroughly bored by all this talk of a rich family.
Personally, I don’t envy the lives of the royal family (any royal family) one iota! Yet, the ‘young royals’ — such as Prince Harry and Meghan, and Prince William and Catherine — have learned to deal with their status and all the compliments and criticisms that comes with it. Whilst still honouring their obligations to the position they were born into, they have learned how to manage their own ‘private lives’, have held meaningful jobs, and carried on not only their mother’s charitable causes but created some of their own.
I wish Meghan an uneventful pregnancy and Prince Harry the pure joy of greeting his own child. With so much sadness in other news, it’s nice to celebrate something happy.