Sneed: Thoroughly modern royal parents present the littlest prince
By Michael Sneed July 23, 2013 7:08PM
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Updated: August 25, 2013 6:35AM
The royal bunting . . .
The blue debut . . .
Sneed practically choked on her British clotted cream shortbread biscuit when the double door at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London swung open Tuesday to debut the newest heir to the British throne: the Prince of Cambridge.
“It’s very emotional,” said the new mother — Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge — who greeted the press dressed in a blue bespoke Jenny Packham crepe de Chine polka-dot dress.
“It’s such a special time. I think any parent will know what this feeling feels like,” added Kate, whose luscious locks had just been blown out by a hairdresser dispatched to the hospital a few hours before.
“It’s very emotional,” stated Prince William, a proud father decked out in a baby-blue shirt displaying a modest bit of royal chest hair while carrying his new son. “Well, he has a good pair of lungs on him, that’s for sure. He’s a big boy, he’s quite heavy. We’re still working on a name.”
It was also an eye-popper to observe Prince William whispering marching instructions to his wife (“I got him. Move this way. No, over there.”) during their chat with the press. He jokingly chided his son for being tardy and making the press wait so long for the arrival.
Kate and Wills did a reverse handoff: While Kate came out holding the baby and handed him to William, in 1982 Prince Charles came out with Prince William first and then handed him to Princess Diana.
Embracing a bit of levity, Prince William, who has lost more hair then an aging bristle brush in the past 10 years, drew chuckles when he chatted about how the heir has more hair than he does — a subject his brother, Prince Harry, loves to tease him about.
But it was a kick to see the thoroughly modern new dad click the car seat into place in the back seat with mom before manning the steering wheel of the royal Range Rover toward their apartment at Kensington Palace.
It was so much easier watching it all on the telly from Chicago, rather than bening enmeshed in the scrum of reporters as Sneed was last week.
◆ The name game: In keeping with the age-old royal practice of taking their royal time, the new parents have yet to choose a name for the prince. The baby doesn’t even have an official last name — which could be Cambridge, Wales or Mountbatten-Windsor, one of the many royal Brit last names used since the family changed their last names — Saxe-Coburg and Gotha — during a wave of anti-German sentiment after World War I.
And it seemed just too, too civilized hearing Prince Charles, the baby’s grandfather, proclaim his first grandson “marvelous” after arriving at the hospital with wife, Camilla, his former mistress during his marriage to Princess Diana, the baby’s actual grandmother.
Ironically, the British reporters chosen to ask the royal couple questions for the press pool did not ask Prince William about his mother and how she might have felt. Sneed is told that Prince William is expected to discuss Diana’s legacy later.
Both Prince Harry and Kate’s sister, Pippa, were expected to join the royal trio at Kensington Palace. The new family is in the process of redecorating the 20-room apartment that once belonged to the legendary Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth’s late sister.
Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth, the great-grandmamma, waits patiently at Buckingham Palace for the presentation of her great-grandson in hopes of being done with it all soon — so she can head off to her annual summer vacation at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where she likes to fish and hunt.
Yipes! When the royal Range Rover finally drove out of view, Sneed noticed she had vigorously consumed nearly half the tin of royal biscuits produced by Prince Charles’ very own organic company, Highgrove, which she purchased at Fortnum & Mason in London last week before returning home.
What’s a girl to do? How about I eat the rest.
Sneedlings . . .
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