Who doesn’t love a Royal Wedding? Who doesn’t just love watching a real life fairy tale unfold from the comfort of their own living room (stained couch, crumby floor, varying sizes of toy horses strewn about. Meh, it’s not glamorous, but it’s certainly home.) I did not wake up at 6am EST to tune into the wedding day of Prince Harry and the newly minted Duchess of Sussex – Meghan Markle. But I did stream it later in the evening to revel in the fairy tale.
To say that the wedding was beautiful was truly an understatement. The naturally beautiful bride, the dress, the veil, the handsome and obviously smitten, bearded Prince. (Love a good beard on a handsome man!) Windsor Castle. The celebrities. All of it.
I feel like the world needed this wedding. It was all things inspiring and soothing for a few minutes…a little escape from reality from my crunchy couch. It’s at least a relief to know that there are good people with massive platforms in the world – I have no doubt that Prince Harry and his beautiful wife Meghan will use theirs for the greater good. A notion that derives hope in a world full of turmoil, chaos, and pain that rarely seems to improve.
But for all of the glamour and the glitz and the symbolism and every detail that was revealed in the hours-long broadcast of this momentous occasion, my favorite moments were wrapped up in the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton – aka Kate – wife to Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Mother to their three tiny royals.
I mean, how adorable is Princess Charlotte??? The tiniest of these royals being Prince Louis who on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day, was not yet a month old. And was not present for obvious reasons.
So here’s why I was so captivated by Kate during the wedding – Did anyone else think Kate was catching up on some much-needed sleep under that Philip Treacy hat which complimented her pale yellow Alexander McQueen coat dress so well? Did anyone else notice how drawn and tired Kate’s face appeared underneath her perfectly applied makeup? And did anyone else feel a little relief to see that even Kate Middleton – who could feasibly schlep off raising her kids to any number of nannies and waitstaff available at her royal beck and call – looked both beautiful and absolutely exhausted being not yet one month postpartum from delivering her third baby in less than four years.
I did. I saw her fatigue right away. And in that moment – Kate Middleton became my hero. Because I realized that she too exhibited signs that she is just another Mom trying to survive this Mommyhood thing intact – with poise, and dignity. And a whole lot of makeup. She had no choice but to pull it together. In doing so, she revealed her humanity.
Duchess Kate – I hope you were able to rest underneath that beautiful hat while Prince Harry and Meghan’s ceremony was well underway. If you did (pretty sure you did) please know that your face was hid perfectly from international camera view. I hope it was a good rest and that your beautiful little princes and princess slept well after a long day of celebration. May your littles be ever in your favor and may you get some much-needed, regular bouts of well-deserved rest soon – when little Prince Louis learns that night time is for sleeping. In a couple months or so.
I see your Royal Motherload Kate Middleton, and I appreciate knowing that regardless of technical royalty status, you are not impervious to the challenges of motherhood. It bolstered my common thought that we’re in this together as Moms. We all have differences, but we really have many of the same things happening too regardless of who we are and where we come from. Giant, flowery, sort of barring on ridiculous, designer hats off to you Royal Momma.
And let’s not forget – Congratulations and Best Wishes to the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex. May your life together always be as beautiful and magical as your wedding day! ”