With my actual job being busy and so much royal news coming thick and fast, I wrote half of this week’s roundup and then forgot to finish and post it. But it’s here now!
Kate launched the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood
This is a great story for Kate and her team, who have put in the work for years to establish this centre. Here are some quick thoughts on it:
- The centre will be based at Kensington Palace and have an initial staff of six people. This seems just about right to me – not small enough to be one person at a desk somewhere, not so large that the goals of the centre get lost. And the size of the centre can always be scaled up as more funds/projects/successes allow.
- I also like that Kate’s Big Change Starts Small report is fairly short. It’s not trying to be everything to everyone. She and the centre have defined, reasonable goals and will work on tackling them. Achievable goals, worked on for an adequate period of time, have a much better chance of success than trying to solve something gigantic by yourself. Queen of reasonable goals and pacing herself!
- The centre is partnering with Harvard and the London School of Economics, which explains Kate’s engagement with Dr. Jill Biden last week during the G7 Summit. This is a diplomatic win and more of a return to normalcy after the Trump presidency. It’s showing that nations can work together on issues that affect both sides, without politics or drama getting in the way.
Mike Tindall said some stuff about race and Black Lives Matter
Princess Anne’s son in law Mike Tindall said that he doesn’t like or believe in the Black Lives Matter organization and that he personally wouldn’t take a knee, as football/soccer players are currently doing. He says he supports the fight against racism but that he wants to support it in his own way.
I think that these comments are pretty ignorant and refuse to acknowledge the enormous privilege that Mike Tindall has, not only as a White man, but also as a wealthy member of the British Royal Family. It’s good that he said he supports anti-racism work and wants to support it in his own way, but I don’t know how hard he is working to eliminate racism in his day to day life. I’m going to give these comments a C – he’s getting a passing grade, but needs to put in some work to bump it up to a B or an A.
Meghan’s children’s book hit the bestseller list in the US but not the UK
Meghan’s book, The Bench, sold just under 16,000 copies to hit the top of the New York Times children’s book bestseller list. To celebrate hitting the top of the bestseller list, Meghan gave an interview to NPR about the book, which you can listen to here. The announcement of the NPR interview was made on the same day that Kate announced her early years centre, so read from that what you will.
Social media posts were published for Father’s Day (June 20) and Will’s 39th birthday (June 21)
We got a blurry photo of William with his children before a Buckingham Palace balcony appearance a couple of years ago, as well as a portrait in which Will shows off some chest hair. Re: his chest hair, I personally think *signal drops*.
Queen Elizabeth came to the last day of Royal Ascot
She wore a seafoam green coat and hat and looked happy around some horses. It was nice!
Listen to the new episode of the Royal Analysis podcast!
This episode of the podcast features the lovely Sarah (not her real name), a Canadian politician/mom/basil grower/royal follower. I ask her how she doesn’t lie on the floor from exhaustion every day, why representation in politics matters, and whether Meghan would win an election in America. You can listen on a bunch of different platforms, including Spotify and Google podcasts, via this link here. And you can listen via Apple podcasts here!
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