Prince Charles urges royal parents "to relax
The next heir to the throne is reportedly hoping the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take a “complete break” to enjoy time with their baby.
William and Catherine welcomed their first child, a son, into the world on Monday. The new mother is expected to take on the role of primary carer, with the prince set to take two weeks paternity leave from his role as a pilot with the Royal Air Force. According to insiders, William’s father is eager for the new family to step out of the spotlight for now.
“Prince Charles is very anxious that Will and Kate have a complete break from royal duties to enjoy time as a family,” Ingrid Seward, Editor-in-Chief of Majesty magazine told British magazine Grazia. “That is something he was never able to do – he and [William’s mother] Diana were back at work within weeks. They were in that twilight world between the old ways and the new ways and it was very tough.”
Earlier today, the duke and duchess released a statement praising hospital staff for the care they have received since they arrived at St Mary’s in London yesterday morning.
"We would like to thank the staff at the Lindo Wing and the whole hospital for the tremendous care the three of us have received,” they said. "We know it has been a very busy period for the hospital and we would like to thank everyone – staff, patients and visitors – for their understanding during this time."
Catherine and William are expected to leave the medical facility this evening – and will pose on the steps of the hospital to show off the latest addition to the royal family.
A spokesman confirmed that "mother, son and father are all doing well" this morning.
Catherine has a network of young mothers she can rely on for support in coming months, including school friend Trini Foyle and Rose van Cutsem, who is married to William’s close friend Hugh.
It has been claimed that she plans to meet with mothers from Maggie & Rose, an exclusive members’ club in Kensington set up by her socialite pal Rose.
“These girlfriends are all the support Kate really needs,” Ingrid added. “They share everything and the whole modern way of child rearing is second nature to them. They have figured out there’s no point following fads – there is nothing new about having children. So instead of going along to parenting classes, Kate has been doing yoga.”
This afternoon gun salutes were fired in parts of London to mark the baby's birth.