Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Royal Baby Buzz: Too Obsessed?

By now, you’ve surely heard the buzz about Duchess Kate’s pregnancy, which was officially confirmed  yesterday afternoon. As a former wedding blog editor who followed the royal nuptials right down to the smallest detail, I am of course very excited for Will and Kate! At the same time, I can’t help but feel awfully sorry for these two about having to constantly navigate such personal matters in the public eye.

After all, the only reason the pregnancy was likely announced so early – still during the first trimester – is because poor Kate has been hospitalized with severe morning sickness. I don't know about you, but having my personal medical information publicized throughout the international media is not something I would be especially thrilled about, especially since the coverage comes complete with a few ignorant and inaccurate comments about how morning sickness shouldn't require medical attention. Furthermore, the unending royal pregnancy speculations published over the summer, complete with doctored “baby bump” photos, were nothing short of headache-inducing, to say the least. 

Image Source: Official Royal Wedding Website
Every bit as ridiculous are the statements I’m now seeing plastered across the Web explaining how great it is that Will and Kate are “finally” having a baby. I mean, for Heaven’s sake, these two have only been married since April 2011. That is almost a full year less than I have, and I can tell you right now with absolute certainty that I am still nowhere near ready to start breaking out the baby furniture just yet! 

The truth is that the more coverage I read, the more it bothers me to think that even in today’s modern society, a royal woman’s primary "duty" is still thought to be providing an heir, just as was true hundreds of years ago. Sadly, Kate may have never been accepted as a "suitable" match for William if she was physically unable to have a child, or God forbid, was one of a great many women who just don’t want to have kids.

Do you think people are already too obsessed with the news about Kate’s pregnancy? Would you ever want to live a life in the spotlight for the sake of being a royal? 

16 comments:

  1. I am thrilled for them, but yes I think people are definitely too obsessed. They were obsessed before it was even official and now it will just be a million times worse! I can't imagine having my every moved picked over while I was pregnant. I hope she can find at least a little bit of privacy during this time.

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  2. I'm very excited for them and happy to hear the news, but I do feel really bad for her - that is had to come out like this, so soon, and that she was dealing with so much speculation leading up to it. It's certainly a stress I would never want to have to deal with, especially when pregnant!

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  3. I feel bad for her that it got leaked so early, but I will definitely follow along.

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  4. People need to chill out, especially since she's only in the first trimester. That's a stressful enough time as it is without people placing bets on what you'll name the baby and whose eyes it'll have.

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  5. I was excited to hear the news, but then I quickly forgot it and moved on with my own life. I think it must be really hard to be in the public eye, and I would have 110% supproted Will and Kate if they had decided that parenting wasn't for them!

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  6. It bothered me a lot when I heard on the television yesterday that it is Kate's duty to produce an heir to the throne. I am such a private person I could never deal with being in the spotlight like Kate.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

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  7. i am so happy for the couple and wish them nothing but goodness and health.

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  8. I'm happy for them! But, I don't think the medical issues are any concerns of anyone outside of the family...

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  9. I am thrilled for them. I thought it was funny when I was at the grocery store all the magazines that have been reporting baby news since the marriage says confirmed on them now about the pregnancy. The media is definitely all of this.

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  10. I'm excited for them. I feel badly that it had to be announced so early and just pray that nothing bad happens with the pregnancy since it is still so early. I can't wait to find out the gender and name. Unfortunately the lack of privacy pretty much comes with the role.

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  11. I wish her the best and it is unfortunate that people are so obsessed with this because she doesn't seem to be doing well now. I would hate for my every move - good and bad - to be scrutinized like that!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  12. You know I'm happy for them. I do feel bad though that they couldn't protect her privacy until as least she was out of the first trimester! So much pressure!

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  13. I am excited for kate and william but I agree with you. This is too much coverage and I wouldn't want my health and baby all over the media.

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  14. I hate that the media is all over her and now they are saying she could have twins. I wish they could just leave her be and let her enjoy this exciting moment in her life, in their lives.

    But I am also excited for them, but not obsessing. When I was younger I loved hearing and reading about Princess Diana and seeing her two boys with her all the time. So I'm happy that her son has found someone to love and grow a family with.

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  15. the tabs of europe are way crazier than in the states, as hard to believe as it is! i'm old enough to remember when diana was hounded by the press to have a child, and she was considerably younger than kate when she got married.

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  16. Poor Kate; I've been where she is sickness-wise and it's horrible feeling, let alone having it broadcast like it will inevitably be. I hope they can enjoy as normal a pregnancy experience as possible with all the attention.

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