The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Get Congratulations and Condolences

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the announcement of her pregnancy!  Welcoming a new baby is such an exciting time, full of joy and endless possibilities.  I’m happy for them on what’s coming for them.  A baby is just amazing.

At the same time, I have to offer condolences.  I’m not expressing sympathy over the loss of a fun and fancy-free lifestyle.  They’re old enough to be quite beyond that by now.  Besides, he’s in the military and they’re used to having to be careful what they do unless they want it on the front page.  That’s nothing new.

What’s going to be new for them is something that every parent experiences, only it’ll be magnified by a billion because of their roles.  Already, I’ve seen comments about how they should cloth diaper, blah blah blah.

On one hand…  If they decide to use cloth diapers, it’d be awesome because it’ll help spread the trend towards a more sustainable system of baby diapering.  But on the other hand, it’s their decision.  Good grief, the line has just shown up on the pregnancy test (metaphorically, since the news just broke yesterday), and we’re already seeing things about how the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge should raise their child.


It’s not just use or don’t use cloth diapers (or nappies, as they’re called in England and other Commonwealth countries).  First thing this morning, I saw an article on brands that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge should purchase for their upcoming bundle of joy.

I’m starting to think that while some people are genuinely happy for “Will and Kate,” others are seeing their child as a breathing advertisement for their wares.  That just sucks.  I get that if Kate is seen pushing a stroller through the park, that stroller will suddenly become the most sought after thing.  It’s just… meh.  Let her get healthy and out of the hospital, or maybe even start showing, before using her pregnancy as an opportunity to advertise your stuff.

What do you think about the “stuff that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge should buy” articles that are already coming out?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. Welcome to life in the limelight. Everything you do is for public consumption and companies are going to go crazy trying to get them to use their products so that sales can go through the roof. Its sad, but true.

  2. I think people are WAY too much into other people’s business as it is. The Royal Family has to keep the attention of the people to keep themselves relevant and “in power”, but I think it goes WAY too far. I could care less what she dresses her baby in, and no one else should care either.

  3. I feel that they won’t escape *some* global scrutiny no matter what they do. I’m sure whatever they do choose to use will go on to be best-sellers, though!

  4. Rachel A. says:

    I agree, though that is what happens when people are in the public.


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