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Finally, a royal who is willing to be honest about giving birth

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Hours after giving birth to Prince George, her first baby, in 2013, the Duchess of Cambridge found herself standing on the steps of a hospital clad in clingy light blue frock with a full face of make-up and a perfect blowdry, presenting herself and her new child to the world’s gathered press.

As the flashbulbs popped, what must she have been thinking? “I don’t think I can stand any longer in these heels,” perhaps (for the uninitiated, it’s pretty hard to walk in flip flops for the first few days after birth, forget four-inch court shoes). Or, “What if I drop the baby?” Which first-time parent hasn’t graphically imagined this tiny wriggling infant suddenly slipping from their grasp, falling five foot onto a cold, hard floor? Or, maybe: “Why won’t the baby latch on? I’ve tried every position on that damn breastfeeding video. It looked so easy in theory!”

Of course, Kate might quite reasonably have been wondering how long it would be until she could sack the royal stylist who decided a pastel blue dress was a good choice for a post-partum photoshoot – pastels! – or whether the camera angle would pick up the enormous pants made of netting and nappy-like pads catching the torrent of blood and possibly leaking urine going on underneath? It’s remarkable what feats of physical and emotional endurance that flood of oxytocin can get you through.

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