Honest Mum Vicki Psarias: Featuring on ITV, sending my book to Meghan and the Royal Windsor Horse Show
PUBLISHED: 11:16 19 August 2019
What a whirlwind this last month has been for me! "Busy" is not the word!
I appeared on the box a fair bit, featuring on ITV's Good Morning Britain and This Morning, debating topical parenting issues from "Do mums need to drink?" (erm, this one does) and "Should boys cry?" (so, yes and yes) and I also filmed with E News as we awaited the arrival of Baby Sussex, now known as Master Archie, who is utterly beautiful. Yes, as always, I'm feeling broody. I just need my husband, Peter, to feel that way, too. Ha!
It's been hard not to feel broody with baby fever hitting Windsor. It's been the happiest of months here as Windsorians and tourists alike descended into the centre by Windsor Castle to celebrate the Royal baby's birth, and I know we feel proud as a community to have neighbours in Harry and Meghan.
I wonder if we might bump into them both in Daniel department store! I actually sent Meghan my book, MUMBOSS − How to Survive and Thrive at Work and at Home, with a little present for Archie, so I hope they like them.
I admired the way Meghan and Harry chose to manage their first-born's birth and the details surrounding it. They rightly opted to keep many details private and broke new ground as they did so. It felt momentous to see Meghan looking proud of her post-birth body as she didn't try to hide or dismiss her bump, but in fact made a point of highlighting it with a belted cream dress, serving to normalise birth and motherhood in an empowering way that will help millions of mothers the world over, myself included. I wish I'd been privy to a role model like Meghan when I'd had my first son, Oliver, and felt abnormal in a post-baby body that made me feel like a failure.
Thank you, Meghan.
Watching them both on camera so close to where I live felt extra-special for me. Since my move to the town almost two years ago, I've experienced two lavish Royal weddings and now a baby, and I've seen myself become somewhat of a Royal commentator, which I love.
Speaking of Royals, we were kindly invited to the famous Royal Windsor Horse Show on a mostly sunny Saturday and found something for everyone in the family there, from exquisite food and drink stalls, Land Rover car rides for the kids, climbing walls, bouncy castles and races galore.
The historical event is billed as an equestrian feast of entertainment and music, which celebrates the birth and life of Queen Victoria, and it certainly lives up to its reputation. The Queen herself hasn't missed the event since its inception in 1943, and while we rubbed shoulders with a few Royals, we missed the Queen and Prince Harry.
Held in the private grounds of Windsor Castle with sprawling views of Windsor, the RWHS hosts five-star international show jumping, dressage and carriage driving, and the atmosphere made me wish I could ride. Perhaps I should embark on some lessons with the children in the summer holidays.
- Honest Mum Vicki Psarias: My MUMBOSS tour, awards, holidays and more - This past month has been a heady mix of MUMBOSS book tour dates in both Belfast and York (I lost my voice and heels in a taxi, which is always a sign of a successful event, right?), plus entertaining the kids during the holidays (thank goodness the sun came out to play in Windsor so the children could too).