Take Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, for instance. She isn’t about to fool anyone into thinking that she needs to pinch pennies – this is a woman who reportedly got a multimillion-dollar estate for her birthday, after all – but she still likes to put in a quiet public appearance every now and then to show that she’s just Katie From the Block. People reported yesterday on Kate’s latest such excursion: a trip to the Gap.
What do you buy when you’re an expectant mum carrying the future wearer of the British crown? “She was looking for jeggings, which are jeans that look like leggings, as she said she liked very skinny jeans,” a source told the magazine. But she walked out empty-handed when she couldn’t find the length she wanted.
Lucky Kate could always summon a drink of the finest Sumatran java, served in an heirloom china cup, with just a word to a lady-in-waiting. However, the Duchess doesn’t even have a lady-in-waiting – it’s a tradition she chose to do without. Instead, she prefers to step out to a local coffee bar on weekends with a friend. (We suspect it’s not as simple and casual as the story makes it sound – this little jaunt probably involves advance notice to the manager and a bevy of security guards making sure no cheeky fans try to touch the royal baby bump.)
But you can hardly fault the woman for wanting to feel as normal as possible. She’s just coming out of an extremely difficult first trimester, and readying for an even longer stint of a swelling belly and ankles (those skinny jeggings won’t be comfy for long) and endless tabloid stories about baby names, gender and the Royal Labour Watch.
If it makes her happy to play let’s-pretend once in a while, so what? The real dose of reality will come when she has to clean up her first poop-up-the-back.
[Photo: via PacificCoastNews]
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