Country Child found out how Hampshire mum of two, Polly Sharpe became a Right Royal Mother and one of the UK’s most recently successful and aspirational mum bloggers. She also tells us how we too can have a Right Royal Country Child…
I write rightroyalmother.com [www.rightroyalmother.com] a blog with humorous stories about what I imagine life might be like for Kate as a mother, as well as stories about my own parenting and family. The blog is split into two main sections: The Cambridges and Not the Cambridges and I started writing it in January this year, on my second maternity leave with ‘not Charlotte’ as an escape, really, from the intensity and sometimes overwhelming emotions you feel when you’re looking after two small children all day. I have been writing fiction for nearly 15 years, so I am not new to that but I was new to parenting. Putting the two together seemed to be a good way to stay sane … some of the stories are pretty random but all are sparked by something the media has reported on relating to Kate … however obscure that might be. Some of my favourites imagine conversations between Kate, William and George – the things toddlers say can be pretty hilarious.
I started to wonder about life within the walls of Anmer Hall and Kensington Apartment 1A when I was pregnant with my first child (who is a girl and called NG – or ‘not George’ in my stories). I was incredibly sick, like Kate, but unlike her I didn’t tell anyone until I reached 12 weeks. The world was going mad about ‘Kate’s (due) date,’ which I knew it must be almost identical to mine. It was a peculiar feeling of excitement that we would be having babies at the same time and sympathy for her because she was going through all the craziness you feel when you’re pregnant for the first time but in the public eye, whereas I was able to do it privately. Also, I had a certain fascination with how she would cope with pregnancy in public when it is such a private, personal experience.
Recently, I’ve noticed that George (and I’m sure Charlotte) really enjoys country living so I thought it would be fun to create a ‘How to Have a Right Royal Country Child’ infographic for Country Child readers. My infographics [www.rightroyalmother.com/6-ways-kates-cleaning-jeans] are fun and a really enjoyable part of the blog for me! So here is my humourous take on how to have a Right Royal Country Child:
In only six months I’ve been on BBC Radio, written for the Mail Online and am thrilled to be a finalist in the ‘Best New Blog’ category in the UK’s biggest parenting blog awards (the MADs), out of 8,000 contenders. Also, I am represented by a fantastic literary agency and there is a book in the pipeline! So it’s been quite a whirlwind. Some readers have been kind enough to call for a film, so we’ll have to see! As any parent of small children will know, time to yourself is like gold dust so currently I am just writing as much as I can, when I can. But I absolutely love it and, even when I go back to work in September, I don’t plan on stopping the blog.