On Monday morning, the Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had welcomed their third child. Keeping the sex of the baby a surprise until the delivery day, the Palace revealed that Kate had given birth to a healthy baby boy, with both mom and baby doing well. Of course, the Palace could have just waited five minutes for the happy family to exit the hospital and tell the world themselves. But who are we to say? In keeping with royal tradition, Will, a perfectly put-together Kate and the new baby made their debut only hours after giving birth.
Emerging from the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London only hours after delivering her third child, Kate gave a repeat appearance of her first two births, the same public debut her late mother-in-law Diana made with Princes William and Harry decades ago. Dressed in heels and a red shift dress with full hair and make-up, Kate looked more like a woman on her way out for afternoon tea than someone who had just pushed a human being out of their body mere hours before. Let’s just put her next in line for the throne. The Duchess is Super Woman.
We get wanting to be home with your new baby in your own bed. And sure, maybe it was Kate’s decision to spend the hours after welcoming her new son preparing for a photo shoot, but ask most women what they wanted to do after giving birth and ‘sleep, bond and eat’ usually landed much higher than ‘being photographed in front of the world.’ If getting dressed up makes Kate feel like herself after delivery, then more power to her, but maybe there should be a back-door exit option for the royals to save the new mom, sorry, mum, the stress of navigating heels with a baby that’s only a few hours old.
As for the little bundle of joy, of course fans of the royals are excited to see the fifth in line. We get it. Babies are cute. But there’s a reason that babies get a tracking bracelet placed on them at hospitals the minute they’re born. Actually, two reasons. One, so they don’t get baby-napped (thanks for the fears, Lifetime movies). Two, because for the most part newborns look the same. Of course, yours is the cutest! But if we’re being honest, what did anyone get out of seeing Will and Kate’s new baby on Monday, other than a shot of a woman who should be resting and the side view of a baby that could really be just about any baby in the world?
Whether Kate goes for baby number four, or whether her sister-in-law to be Meghan Markle finds herself in the family way in the near future, here’s hoping one of them puts a stop to the tradition of the royals publicly debuting babies only hours after delivery. And if the tradition must be adhered to, at least let the women rock some leggings and sneakers like this happy new mom.