Zara Tindall had a baby on her bathroom floor!
Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall delivered a baby boy, named Lucas, last Sunday. The baby came so quickly that Zara and her husband Mike didn’t have time to get to the hospital – Zara delivered the baby at their home, on a yoga mat on the bathroom floor. The news was broken on Mike Tindall’s rugby podcast, The Good, The Bad, and The Rugby.
- Zara Tindall is a BOSS. Delivering a baby at home? On a yoga mat on the floor? I feel like she deserves some recognition for that.
- PUSH PRESENTS! I’m a huge believer in gifts for people who deliver a baby from their body. I hope Mike gets her a massive diamond or a car or whatever she wants. And obviously the present should be bigger than a normal push present, because of the fast home-birth situation. I can’t state this enough: Zara is a rock star.
- Mike is clearly besotted. It’s very sweet. More rugby players being soft and adorable in my media diet, please!
Harry got two jobs!
This week, Prince Harry announced that he has been hired as Chief Impact Officer of a tech startup, as well as a Commissioner of Disinformation for an American think tank. You can read more about the first job that was announced, Chief Impact Officer for mental health tech startup BetterUp, here. I’m going to do a post on the think tank job, but basically: it’s Harry and Meghan trying to solidify themselves as political actors in America.
Meghan baked a cake and sent it to Chicago!
Meghan and Harry’s charity Archewell paid for a meal for female-identifying World Central Kitchen volunteers in Chicago to celebrate Women’s History Month. Meghan sent a personal message and a lemon cake that she baked herself with lemons from her and Harry’s home in Montecito. Coles Notes on this:
- This is a clearly staged publicity stunt to benefit both Archewell and World Central Kitchen. I’m not saying it’s bad. I’m just saying that Archewell and WCK are both represented by PR firm Sunshine Sachs. This is a deliberate effort to make both organizations look good and woke during Women’s History Month.
- The PR attempt definitely worked – I saw lots of gushing articles about how Meghan baked the lemon cake herself and used lemons from her own garden.
- However, it’s important to note that sending a homemade cake from California to Chicago overnight would cost at least a couple hundred dollars and involve shipping it via airmail. So two environmentalists put a cake on a plane (think of the carboon footprint!) and spent hundreds of dollars to do it, just so some PR spin about Meghan baking a cake could be released. They could have much more easily given a couple hundred dollars to a female, BIPOC-owned bakery in Chicago to provide dessert. Then they would have been supporting women, BIPOC people, local business, and not contributing to their carbon footprint. But if they did that, there wouldn’t have been loved-up articles like this:
Charles and Camilla went to Greece!
They went as representatives of the United Kingdom for Greece’s bicentenary celebrations. Greece is an important country to the British Royal Family, as it’s where Charles’s father, Prince Philip, was born. Remember that Prince Philip, before being a prince of the United Kingdom, was a prince of Greece and Denmark.
There was some moaning about Charles and Camilla having gone to Greece when the UK was locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, they went on diplomatic business – they were actually formally asked to go to Greece by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office – so they only needed negative COVID-19 tests to leave the country, rather than a period of self-isolation. The diplomatic travel rules re: COVID only apply to members of the diplomatic party, however, so most media outlets decided to stay in the UK, as they would have been subject to a 10-day isolation period upon return to the UK.
It was announced late Saturday evening that Kate’s national COVID-19 photography project with the National Portrait Gallery, called Hold Still, will be made into a book. Proceeds from the book will go to the National Portrait Gallery and health charity Mind.
Kate wrote a foreword to a book!
Along with the announcement of the book came a new photo of Kate, along with some of her foreword for the book. Kate wrote that she hopes the Hold Still project will “showcase the experiences and emotions borne during this extraordinary moment in history, pay tribute to the awe-inspiring efforts of all who have worked to protect those around them, and provide a space for us to pause and reflect upon this unparalleled period.”
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