With Brexit (briefly) on hold, Britons finally have the chance to focus on other important things: Climate change. Local elections. The upcoming state visit of President Donald Trump.
But perhaps no topic has generated more interest—or gossip—than the arrival of the newest member of the British royal family. Prince Harry announced Monday that he was “absolutely thrilled” that his wife had given birth to a baby boy.
If ever a distraction from Brexit was needed, this is it.
The long-anticipated birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby was subject to intense tabloid and public scrutiny—fueled, in part, by the atypical secrecy surrounding the child’s birth. Earlier this month, Buckingham Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, to use Harry’s and Meghan’s official titles, would keep the details surrounding the baby’s birth private until “they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.” This includes the couple forgoing the traditional photo op with their newborn outside the Lindo Wing at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital. That the public would be kept in the dark over when and where the baby was born, and by which medical team, was met with particular ire by some members of the British press. The Sun, one of Britain’s most widely circulated tabloids, dubbed the secrecy “a bad look for the royal couple” and an infringement on “our royal rights.” The one detail the royal couple did share Monday was the baby’s weight: seven pounds, three ounces, they said.