They should have said Kate copped a dodgy prawn
Prime Ministers are Tweeting, the Queen is delighted, the whole magazine industry is embracing temporary salvation and a young woman is in hospital feeling like death warmed up and no doubt desperately hoping everything is going to be ok.
Talk about a lot of pressure on one lone uterus.
The announcement that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant is indeed joyous news, and when you’re carrying the future third-in-line to the British throne, it’s not news you get to celebrate in private. But while I’m not usually one to advocate public institutions outright lying - continuing the cat-and-mouse speculation game for a few more weeks might have been the kindest thing to do for Kate and William.
New Idea would have ignored the decree that “the Duchess picked up a bug on her recent travels”, but version #487 of the KATE’S EXPECTING! NI cover would have passed by without much attention.
Instead we now have the spectacle of world leaders (including our own) falling over themselves to join in the celebration of a pregnancy the Royal Family didn’t even know about until Kate fell so ill.
For an organisation that has become so adept at media management, they’ve let this young expectant mother down.
You don’t have to be an expert on pregnancy, or to have even been through it, to understand the first 12 weeks are a precarious time filled with mixed emotions that would only be exacerbated by the kind of of condition that has landed the Duchess in hospital.
Add the weight of expectations of a fallen empire can’t be much help.
It’s the one time the Palace would have been forgiven for lying.
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