Some of us aren’t too proud to say we enjoyed it immensely
Joy at royal birth makes you question if we are that different from ancestors who worshiped kings
In Ireland royal watchers are in the closet still - there are quite a lot of corporate lawyers who relaxed in front of the recent documentary on Diana’s dresses. Who have discussed whether William was right in giving Kate Diana’s engagement ring. “We decided he was right,” said the corporate lawyer’s friend, herself a tough professional. “Better than having it stuck in a safe somewhere.”
The rest of us have had to accustom ourselves to startling realities - like the fact that this baby had its own Wikipedia page before he was born. Even if we never signed the baby guestbook, started online by ABC News in the United States, we know about it and how it has been signed not just by Americans, but by Kenyans, Singaporeans and Indonesians.
Even Niagara Falls has been dyed blue.
Meanwhile, in another example of misleading the general public, and of a general public just gagging to be misled, film star Kate Winslet, who is expecting her third child, earlier this month shared with OK! readers a brief exchange she had with the Queen when she went to Buckingham Palace to collect her CBE last year.
“The Queen asked her if she likes her job. Kate reveals: ‘I told her that I loved it but I love being a mum even more. The Queen said: ‘Yes, that’s the only job which matters’.”
Which is a bit rich coming from two such over-achievers; particularly from the Queen, who has been working non-stop since she was twenty and pretty much refuses to retire.
Whether this child, poor little thing, is indeed the saviour of the British monarchy, very much remains to be seen. He was already a money-spinner in the womb - he generated £260 million before he was born, according to media reports. .
But even the most enthusiastic royal watchers must acknowledge that, unfortunately for the new prince, the lives of the rich and famous are not terribly child-friendly. They are rich in nannies but poor in the things that children actually like - for example routine, living in one house all the time, and resembling your friends as much as possible.
It is fairly obvious that the British royal family, even in the last sixty years, has not been a pleasant place in which to grow up. Prince Charles’s childhood seems to have been miserable and damaging. Even Princess Diana, who was always going on about how much she loved children, sent Prince William off to be a weekly boarder at the Ludgrove prep school in Berkshire when he was eight.
We can acknowledge that whilst also acknowledging that interest in this new baby reaches far beyond the shores of the UK.
The joy at his birth is truly unconfined. It makes you question whether modern humans, for all our technology and sophistication, are really that different from our ancestors who lived centuries ago, and loved to worship their kings.