The Royal baby has re-affirmed my belief in fairy tales

William and Kate (The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) looked radiant and relaxed earlier on today as they presented their beautiful and sleeping daughter, the Royal baby, to the world.  Both of them were beaming. 

It was so perfect that it was almost not real.  I think back to eight hours after I gave birth – blood was pouring out of me.  There is no way I could have contemplated wearing a white and yellow dress, or walking down steps, particularly in elegant heals.  They are the fairy tale. 

the royal baby

The image of the three of them on the steps today gave me hope.  One of the most difficult things for me as a newly single mum is knowing that my son will not grow up with parents who love each other.  I fear the impact that this will have on him, on his future relationships, on his ability to love.  His parents will not be role-modelling the loving, caring, supportive relationship that I want him to have, to cherish and to fight for.

And then I think about William’s childhood.  William’s father Charles, Prince of Wales, married his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, on 29 July 1981.  There were reportedly difficulties between the Prince and Princess as early as 1985. Their marriage fell apart during the early 1990s.  Both of his parents had affairs.  The demise of their marriage was played out in intricate detail in the world media. 

I cannot begin to imagine the impact that this must have had on both William and his brother Harry. 

The marriage finally came to an end after the Princess’s Panorama interview in November 1995.  Referring to Charles’ affair with his now wife Camilla Parker-Bowles, Diana famously said, “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.  Just before Christmas 1995  Buckingham Palace sent letters to Charles and Diana asking them to divorce.  Can you imagine that; your Grandmother sending letters to both of your parents asking them to divorce?   Diana, Princess of Wales was stripped of her Her Royal Highness title.  William is reported to have comforted her: ”Don’t worry, Mummy, I will give it back to you one day when I am King.

Diana herself commented, “My husband made me feel inadequate in every possible way that each time I came up for air he pushed me down again ….  They finally divorced  on 28 August 1996.  Diana died in a car crash in Paris just over a year later on 31 August 1997. 

There is no way that the tempestuous marriage of his parents, their divorce, their resentment of each other played out in the media, and then his mother’s untimely death did not have an impact on William. Charles and Diana did not role model the happy family that William and Kate have fought for and achieved.

The footage of Kate and William today showed a loving, caring, tender and supportive relationship.  William took Kate’s elbow to help her down the steps, he held her round the waist, he looked at her adoringly as she looked adoringly at the Royal baby, her second child.    

The images of William and Kate today have given me hope; hope that my son will be able to have a loving relationship with a partner who he adores and admires.  The fairy tale clearly is achievable, so maybe I should stop feeling guilty.  The Royal baby has reaffirmed my belief in fairy tales.  

Research and citations taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana,_Princess_of_Wales.

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19 Comments

  1. May 2, 2015 / 10:58 pm

    Such a beautiful post and it is lovely to see how happy William and Kate seem to be together with their two beautiful children – especially when you consider how very traumatic the effects of his parent’s divorce and his mother’s death must have been.

    • thesingleswan
      May 3, 2015 / 8:07 pm

      Thank you very much for reading and for your comment. I appreciate it. Yes, it is lovely to see them so happy and particularly when you think about all that William has had to go through. Happy endings really do exist!

  2. May 3, 2015 / 10:10 am

    They are such a lovely family – the little princess is such happy news!

    • thesingleswan
      May 3, 2015 / 8:06 pm

      I know. I just can’t get enough of them in the news. What election?

  3. May 3, 2015 / 8:01 pm

    It is a fairytail isn´t it? Kate and William seem to be truthfully a loving couple…!x
    #SundayStars

    • thesingleswan
      May 3, 2015 / 8:05 pm

      It really is a fairy tale. It makes you feel better just watching them and seeing them smile. xx

  4. thesingleswan
    May 4, 2015 / 9:33 pm

    Hi, thanks for your comment Debbie. I love following William and Kate’s news. A great couple and Charlotte is a lovely name.

  5. May 5, 2015 / 5:18 pm

    I remember that tragedy when I was a little girl. I felt so bad for those boys. I also had a secret crush on William haha. Kate and Will forever! <3 Thanks for sharing #ConfessionsLinkUp

    • thesingleswan
      May 5, 2015 / 7:55 pm

      I prefer Harry myself. He’s still available, but a bit young for me. I don’t know whether the Palace would approve of him getting together with a single mum 😉 . Thanks for reading and for commenting on my blog post. xxx

  6. May 7, 2015 / 12:02 pm

    This is so lovely, it really is like a fairytale. I just hope that what we see is true as for years we all thought Diana was happy. I think these days it is different though, people go into things with their eyes wide open. Thank you for joining in with #HappyDaysLinky x
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    • thesingleswan
      May 7, 2015 / 10:21 pm

      Hi Katy,

      THanks for your comment. You are right, sometimes we don’t see the truth and behind closed doors is an unhappy story. I really hope that William and Kate are as happy as they appear. It is nice to have a fairytale story. Thanks again for reading xxx

  7. May 16, 2015 / 10:35 pm

    A beautiful post. Poor William. Such a tragic childhood. But he is a credit to his parents. He looks like a perfect husband and father. Your son can be all this and more. You are clearly an amazing and loving mother. That is all your son needs to know how to love and to find his fairy tale ending. Thanks for linking up with #SundaysStars. Hugs Mrs H xxxx
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    • thesingleswan
      May 17, 2015 / 9:17 am

      Hi Mrs H,

      Yes, it took my a while to realise that Diana was a ‘Single mother’ for a bit, although this makes you realise that all single mothers are very different. It wasn’t until I researched a bit more about Diana that I realised how tragic William’s childhood actually was. He has done tremendously well to be the person he is.

      Thank you so much for your words of encouragement.

      See you soon!

      xxxx

  8. June 5, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    I felt the same guilt you feel…it’s been 2 years since I left my husband and I’ve made peace with it now because I truly believe a happy mum and a happy environment = a happy child/childhood and I see what a happy boy my little one is. But it was there for a long time in the beginning. This is a great post though. I never thought of William but you’re right…despite everything he’s been through with his parents, he seems like such a great husband to Kate and a good father/role model too.
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    • thesingleswan
      June 7, 2015 / 9:15 pm

      Hi Natasha,

      Thank you for your comment. It is really nice to hear from someone who feels the same as me and who has been through what I have been through, indeed that is why I started this blog. Thank you for your support. x

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