A journalist catches up on some sleep amoungst media stepladders outside the Lindo Wing of Saint Mary's Hospital in London, on July 16, 2013, where Prince William and his wife Catherine's baby will be born. The hospital is ready, the Wikipedia page and Twitter accounts are up and Britain's famously creative press are running out of ideas. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: 1177
Updated: August 19, 2013 2:13PM
Postcards from London. . .
The Camilla connection. . .
LONDON — Blimey! English eyes may be blinking rather than winking this week if the anticipated birth of the new heir to the British throne lands on the birthday Wednesday of a woman they once reviled.
◆ The woman: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the wife and former mistress of the royal baby’s grandfather, Prince Charles, who drew the condemnation of the British public when Camilla was described as the third member of his marriage to the late Princess Diana.
◆ Update: Camilla, who has since been accepted by the Brit public for her pleasant demeanor and ability to make Prince Charles happy, just tipped the baby is expected this week.
“The kid would never be named Camilla,” chirped a member of the Brit press. Stay tuned.
Dateline: The pram line. . .
Zzzzzzzzzzz: The diaper drama surrounding the royal birth of the future monarch of England has devolved into a snore.
◆ To wit: While the Brits are patiently awaiting royal delivery of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first child, the press wants it delivered and done.
“Tempers are flaring amongst the press crammed into a small space outside the hospital where the baby is scheduled to be born, Buckingham Palace and Kate Middleton’s family home in Bucklebury,” said a vendor dispensing water outside the journalistic bunker.
Thus. . . Prince William, who has been out and about, is now laying low and Kate Middleton’s baby bump hasn’t been seen since June 15.
Lines from London. . .
◆ The pram connection: There has been a huge run on prams — er, baby buggies — since news the royal bun was about to come out of the Brit oven.
◆ The name game: Retired soccer star David Beckham, who isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer, is hoping the royal heir is named “David”. . . adding the name is “not bad” for a boy. Be still my tongue.
The Nigella nightmare . . .
The recent divorce proceeding between British food diva Nigella Lawson and hubby Charles Saatchi, who was shockingly photographed grabbing her neck at the posh Scott’s restaurant in Mayfair, has resulted in a dramatic increase in bookings for a seat at the outside table where the art tycoon put his hand around his wife’s neck.
◆ Sight seen: Sneed noted the olive tree next to the couple’s table, which appeared in the sensational photos, appeared to be the victim of serious leaf plucking. . . a condition caused by curious customers.
Sneed leaves no stone, er leaf, unturned. Now aren’t you glad?
The Rhodes report. . .
Margaret Rhodes, first cousin to Queen Elizabeth and one of her best friends, was asked Monday by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour if she was excited about the baby.
◆ Her royal response: “Not terribly, ha! Well you know, everybody has babies and it is lovely. . . I don’t get wildly excited about it. Yes. . . Alright, I am prepared to be excited.”
Scoopsville. . .
Sneed tipped Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s decision this week not to run for governor back on June 28! (Sneed was told by multiple sources that Madigan was enraged by the item.)
Our item read: “Sneed hears Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who continues to be the recipient of big bucks fundraisers, has told people privately she plans to wait another four years to run for governor.
“Isn’t that because her father, powerful Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan -- who is considered a political liability for her -- has no intention of retiring in the near future? Betcha.
“Isn’t that a sigh of relief Sneed is hearing from Dem gubernatorial hopeful Bill Daley? Betcha.”
Sneedlings. . .
Wednesday’s birthdays: David Hasselhoff, 61; Camilla Parker Bowles, 66, and Donald Sutherland, 78.