On August 15th, the Palace announced that Kate Middleton would be returning to work. Her first official appearance would be to attend the Tusk Trust awards dinner on September 12th with her husband Prince William. Can you believe that’s in just a few days?
Back to the point: It was largely believed that the Duchess would remain behind closed doors, recuperating and spending some one-on-one time with her son. We couldn’t have been more wrong. In a move that stunned the gossip hungry world, Kate’s been spotted not once but twice. For a woman whose every move is so closely watched, she sure sent shock waves throughout the media world.
Her first impromptu appearance occurred just eleven days after the Palace’s announcement. She was spotted grocery shopping in Anglesey.
Dressed in skinny jeans, a nautical style shirt and a pair of flats, Kate looked every bit at ease, just as she did in the first official Cambridge family portrait.
Four days later, Prince William showed up to support the Ring O’Fire Ultra Marathon with an unexpected plus one. No, not five week old Prince George (although that would have been awesome).
In another surprising move, the Duchess appeared at the event looking ultra-chic in a mint green blazer, patterned Zara shirt and pair of black skinny jeans. According to US Magazine, Kate “decided [that] morning that she wanted to ‘pop along’ to show her gratitude for all the support she and her husband have received since the birth of their son.”
Whatever her reasons may be – catching the international media by surprise, flaunting her post baby bod, or supporting worthwhile causes – I applaud her strong sense of self. It’s inspiring. Most celebrities wouldn’t be caught dead in public two months after giving birth, much less five weeks.
The media’s speculated on Kate’s size for years. “She’s awfully thick, she’s far too thin.” I’d like to think that the Duchess sent out a clear message to both the media and to women everywhere over the last two weeks. Embrace the body you’ve been given. Step out into public with your head held high. Be confident in who you are and don’t pay attention to the ill-wishers in the world.
At the end of the day, does it really matter what complete strangers say? People will always gossip and speculate; there are always opinions – sometimes positive, sometimes negative.
Personally, I wouldn’t mind a few more surprise appearances between now and then. Wouldn’t you?