Critics say Meghan And Harry’s Baby Announcement Timing Was Very Insensitive
Australia seems to be gripped with Royal baby fever at the moment. Not only are the Duke and Duchess of Sussex currently touring Australia but they also just announced they’re expecting their first baby due in the European Spring.
Meghan may have thought she fooled the world’s media with her long coat at Princess Eugenie’s wedding and those folders she was clutching when she touched down in Sydney yesterday but we weren’t having a bar of it. Everyone knew there was a royal bun in the oven and we were just waiting for confirmation. And it came via twitter from Kensington Palace yesterday.
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019. pic.twitter.com/Ut9C0RagLk
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 15, 2018
The duke and duchess, who announced the “happy news” ahead of their 16 day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand are “delighted”, a spokesman said.
“Their Royal Highnesses are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in spring 2019. Their Royal Highnesses very much appreciate all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share their happy news. The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted for the couple. Ms Doria Ragland is very happy about the lovely news and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild,” he continued.
Now while everyone loves a baby announcement, it seems the timing of this one was slightly off.
First, there was the fact that Harry and Meghan announced their pregnancy to the Queen and Royal Family on Friday during the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. Poor Eugenie was said to be devastated by the timing of the announcement and was seen in tears during her wedding reception. First Eugenie had to push her wedding date later in the year to accomodate Harry and Meghan’s big day and now she nearly got upstaged again by the couple’s baby news. Poor form if you ask me.
Then came the official announcement to the world yesterday which coincided with Baby Loss Awareness Week. October 15 is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Bereaved parents have hit out at the couple saying the announcement couldn’t have come on a worse day.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is an international day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death, which includes miscarriage, stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and any death of a newborn.
It is observed every year in the UK, Canada, the US, Norway, Italy and Kenya – as well as the Australian States of Western Australia and New South Wales.
Above are just some of the comments from parents who feel the royals could’ve waited one more day before they announced the pregnancy.
Kensington Palace is yet to comment and in all honesty probably won’t address the issue. Chances are it was an unfortunate oversight yet one that could have been avoided if the palace’s social media experts had done a bit of research.
Meghan would no doubt be mortified to discover the announcement was made on such a sad day for bereaved parents around the world and I’m sure if the Queen allowed her to tweet she would be apologising profusely.
Was the timing poor? Absolutely! Was it done intentionally? I highly doubt it! Meghan comes across as a very astute and sensitive woman who will no doubt address this at some stage.
In the meantime I’m sure Australia, along with the rest of the world will be watching the duchess very closely to get a glimpse of her baby bump and see how fabulous her maternity fashions will be!
Congratulations you two! Now promise us if it’s a girl you’ll name her Diana! Thank-you.