Duchess of Cambridge: Did pregnant Kate say 'daughter'? Princess mania ensues (+video)(Read article summary)
Duchess of Cambridge almost says 'daughter.' Given Disney princess madness, and other pink fantasies, a pregnant Kate could deliver a princess to end all princesses.
According to published reports, Kate Middleton slipped up and nearly said the â€śD-wordâ€ť â€“ daughter, â€“ when receiving a teddy bear from a fan at an appearance. If those perfect lips just sank the British ship of stateâ€™s most closely guarded secret, a new little princess means Middleton has the opportunity to change the world from gender-typed pink-think princess stereotypes to empowered regal ruler.
Apparently, when handed a teddy bear by a woman in Grimsby, England the Duchess of Cambridge said, â€śOh thanks, Iâ€™ll save it for me daughâ€¦baby.â€ť To which the woman replied:Â â€śYou were going to say daughter werenâ€™t you?â€ťÂ The soon-to-be mom was mum from there on out, and now the palace isnâ€™t telling either.Â Â
As the mom of four boys who was told definitively that son No. 2 was going to be a daughter by an ultrasound technician, Iâ€™m not holding my breath. Also, I am so grateful for having boys itâ€™s not even funny. Imagine the mega-princess trends that would result from a new royal girl.
If it is to be a princess, we had best brace for the onslaught of worldwide stereotyping getting a social bump for years to come. Every dress the child wears, each pair of shoes, hair style and accessory will become a coveted trend here, there and everywhere as moms of little girls bemoan the loss of any ground gained toward a gender-typing-free world.
Disney will have a field-day with this one if itâ€™s a girl no matter what choices are made for the girlâ€™s education. But I think that this could be the princess to end all princesses, an epic and transformative tale that plays out right before our eyes. She can wear the clothes and attend the traditional balls and still be the one to give princesses power to rule hearts and minds.