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Prince George Looks Tired As He Reveals His Post-Birth Body In New Zealand

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I know we must make some concessions due to the fact that he had just landed after a 30 hour flight, but I cannot be the only one who is thinking that Prince George, son of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and third in line to the throne looks a bit exhausted in these images. It’s obvious that he may be in need of a nap, judging by his mussed up hair and the way he clenches his fists as his mother holds him in his arms.

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand - Day 1

I’m joking of course, he looks like a baby! Like an adorable, happy, sweet little baby! But I’m just waiting for all the tabloids to start baby shaming a baby for looking like a baby because now that the world feels the need to body shame moms who just had a baby we may as well all start going after their offspring too. What I did find sort of amusing is that The Daily Mail is engaging in some armchair-sanctimommying, by stating that:

Arriving in New Zealand on the first day of a three-week trip Down Under, the third in line to the throne took the windswept welcome in his stride, although he looked a little chilly in a cream jumper and shorts.

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand - Day 1

Grandmas and old people of the world rejoice! They are doing that thing that OLD people love to do which is basically saying:


Any mom is all too familiar with being told this, no matter if it is over 100 degrees and you are out with your infant, someone, somewhere thinks your baby is cold and will be all too happy to tell you as much.

He doesn’t look cold to me, he looks loved and well-fed and happy and adorable and just as cute as can be.

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand - Day 1

But he does look bored. Does he look bored to you guys? Maybe they aren’t stimulating the baby enough? Is George getting enough tummy-time? Shouldn’t he have a stuffed animal or rattle or some organic developmental plaything with him?

I’m trying super hard to make baby shaming a thing here, people.

(Images: getty)


  1. Justme

    April 7, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Maybe I’m the one living under a rock, but I’m kind of glad that these are literally the first pictures of this child I’ve seen since he was born last summer.

    • Valerie

      April 7, 2014 at 8:29 am

      Yes, they definitely keep him under wraps. I think they are great parents.

    • Eve Vawter

      April 7, 2014 at 8:29 am

      They seems like super fun parents to me, idk why haha

    • Valerie

      April 7, 2014 at 8:33 am

      Agreed- they are just down-to-earth and all the good things.

    • whiteroses

      April 7, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      I love the fact that Prince George is being raised like his dad was- as “normally” as possible, considering who he is and the fact that he’ll be a king one day. His upbringing isn’t that different than most other high-class Britons (according to my English/Australian MIL).

      Just goes to show that you don’t have to plaster photos of your kid everywhere (I’m looking at you, Kim Kardashian/ Kate Gosselin). If there’s real interest, releasing a few photos every so often is more than sufficient.

  2. Valerie

    April 7, 2014 at 8:09 am

    He is painfully cute and I just love them all. K Middy always looks so content when she’s holding him. They are a splendid little family. <3

  3. Ursi

    April 7, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I’m a big fan of the royal baby, I admit to getting overinvested in the whole business. I think he’s lovely and that his parents are fine people and I wish them all the best

    • Eve Vawter

      April 7, 2014 at 8:29 am

      me tooooo. adorable peoples

    • Guets

      April 7, 2014 at 10:21 am

      I know, and I can’t wait for them to have another one, squeeeeeee

  4. Jen K

    April 7, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Dying of heat over here in NZ!

  5. Elliott Raggio

    April 7, 2014 at 9:12 am

    oh but he’s still lovely and adorable…it’s just normal for babies to be grumpy and feeling tired and unwell after so many hours of travel…what do you think with this cute little lad?

  6. Kylie

    April 7, 2014 at 9:22 am

    If the weather is nasty enough that I am wearing a coat, my child will be too…..

    What I think you can’t see in the photos is the Wellington wind. Try finding the pics of how high Kate Middleton’s skirt was flying up as she descended from the plane and you’ll get some idea. New Zealand in April is autumn. And Wellington is notorious for it’s wind – the weather was actually so bad yesterday that the airport had had to be closed and it looked like the plane was going to have to be diverted. It was the New Zealand media that started the fuss and as a Kiwi, knowing Wellington, I can sort of see why…..

    • jane

      April 7, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      First of all, send along those pics of Kate’s skirt flying up.

      Secondly, I live in NE. I don’t think that it broke 32 degrees for an entire month-long stretch, if not longer, this winter. By the end of it, it just wasn’t worth fighting with my kids about wearing coats, hats, etc. The rule became: this is what I’m wearing, if you get cold, I don’t want to hear about it. Guess what? They never once froze to death. (Nor did they get a cold, or pneumonia, or frostbite.) In fact, I think that the worst thing they got were judging stares.

    • Kylie

      April 7, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      Jane – hate to be “that” mum, but I live in NE Ohio, so I just suffered through the same winter as you. My child had a shit fit every time we had to go out over putting her coat and assorted paraphernalia on. She still put them on.

      Ironically, with a couple of the warmer days we’ve had recently, she has thrown a shit fit when we’ve told her that she doesn’t actually need a coat. SMH!

    • Ansy

      April 7, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      Yup, Wellingtonian here. It was super windy here yesterday and even I was cold outside. Although if he was only outside for a few minutes he was probably ok….

  7. mommabeer

    April 7, 2014 at 9:28 am

    A Facebook friend of mine posted some interesting concern trolling along the lines of “I would never let my wife carry our baby down those stairs wearing high heels!!1!!!”
    And I was all

    • Kay_Sue

      April 7, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Psssh, Posh Spice sneers at that concern trolling. Has she ever been without heels?

    • Tinyfaeri

      April 7, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Yes! She wore flats once, they were black. I remember this because I think it made the front page on Yahoo. I think it was on a Tuesday, and I don’t even think she was pregnant at the time.

    • Kay_Sue

      April 7, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      I think she made news again sometime last year because she ha to forgo her heels in favor of flats because of back issues? Definitely not for babies though…she rocked them all through, lol.

    • Tinyfaeri

      April 7, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      That may have been it! All I remember is that they were black flats and everyone was all ZOMG.

    • jane

      April 7, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Anything that starts with “I would never let my spouse…” makes me want to give someone a good cockpunching.

    • EmmaFromÉire

      April 7, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      Yeah if I EVER hear my other half saying he’ll ”let” me do something he’s in for a shock.

  8. JLH1986

    April 7, 2014 at 9:40 am

    In the comments section of that piece several people complained that Kate “couldn’t” hold the baby and that “he’s clearly too big for her!” “What is she going to do if she can’t hold him now, she’ll never be able to hold him when he’s older!” Really?

    • Kay_Sue

      April 7, 2014 at 10:09 am

      That made me chuckle. I kind of wonder what they would have thought of my chunker, who tried to be born weighing as much as a 3 to 6 month old. They underestimate us in so many ways…

    • JLH1986

      April 7, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Since the whole event is setting a precedent (2 heirs traveling together) something tells me that Kate and William are pretty hands on parents and she’ll be just fine. If she were one of the celebrity parents who make it clear nannies are the key to life I might worry, but as with 99.9% of mom’s she’ll make it work. lol

  9. K.

    April 7, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Pretty sure that Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge is the last baby we should worry about. Pretty sure he’s got enough people to care for his needs.

    • Eve Vawter

      April 7, 2014 at 9:53 am


    • Kay_Sue

      April 7, 2014 at 10:08 am


    • ctpdenver

      April 7, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Why isn’t he in a sling?

    • Kay_Sue

      April 7, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      His head seems unsupported too. Clearly, something needs to be done. These parents are unfit!

  10. Ddaisy

    April 7, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I confess, my first thought when I saw that picture was, “*Gasp,* aren’t his legs cold?” Then again, I’m the kind of naturally chilly person who wears earmuffs and gloves when it’s +10 out, so my opinions on temperature are never applicable to the general population.

  11. momjones

    April 7, 2014 at 10:27 am

    In defense of Grandmas everywhere nagging about sweaters and hats…OK, I’m guilty, but I’ve gotten a lot better 😉

  12. darras

    April 7, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Ugh I get so sick of people on the ‘isn’t that baby cold??’ train. Some babies are just naturally warm babies! Mine in particular.. When other babies are dressed in sweaters, socks and two layers of trouser. My baby is busily sweating his way through a short sleeved vest and really thin pants (no socks). It makes me really sad because I have all these really lovely thick sweaters and suits for him (Norway kids) and I barely get to put them on him before he’s screaming, cheeks flamingly red and sweat dripping down his back (not kidding). So… sometimes no baby is not cold. My son is nine months this week and my mother has only just managed to curb her instinct to ‘wrap up the baby’. Poor mum 😀

    • jendra_berri

      April 7, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      My baby is warm too. I’d put him in whatever I was wearing, then in a fleece sack for an extra layer. Boom. But all the other babies were wrapped up in way, way more. Had I gone that extra-bundled route, my son would have lost 2 pounds in sweat.

    • darras

      April 7, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      Do they ever get less warm? Do you know? I have no idea but his kindergarten (starting in August) insists (or perhaps likes to think that they insist?) on a certain number of layers and it’s going to become an _issue_ if he’s not less warm in the future.

    • jendra_berri

      April 7, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      I have no idea, though I’d be willing to guess some kids just run hot or cold. If they do insist on a number of layers, you can decide how thin they are, right? Policies shouldn’t have the power to make your son sweaty all day.
      I remember my daycare insisted if we brought a jacket, we had to wear it, even if the temperature rose 6 degrees and it was no longer raining. So, running around was out. Too hot.

  13. Maria Guido

    April 7, 2014 at 11:33 am

    The sweater thing makes me irate. I don’t know why, but it does! My mom always asks me if the kids are warm enough – and I just want to scream PROBABLY NOT! THEY’RE PROBABLY FREEZING. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING, CLEARLY. I JUST WANT THEM TO FREEZE.

    • Valerie

      April 7, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      My mother always did this passive-aggressive crap where she would “talk” to my baby and say “Ohhhh are you widdle bitty footsies cold because YOUR MOMMY didn’t put any socks on you??? Let Nana fix it!” Nevermind the fact that whenever I put socks on my kids from about 4 months old on, they would just rip them the fuck off. But you go on with your bad self, Nana. Clearly you know better than me!

    • shorty_RN

      April 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      I have a family member that does this! “Oh your little head looks so chilly. You should really be wearing a hat!” Bite me.

    • Valerie

      April 7, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      It’s so irritating. My grandma is even worse but she’s 83 and very sweet so I can’t get mad.

    • Rachel Sea

      April 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      I’m pretty sure that not a single person has ever frozen to death in Florida.

  14. jendra_berri

    April 7, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Oh my god, I hate that! When out with my son, “Is he warm enough?” is my least favourite question. Next time I’m just going to smile and say no.

    • darras

      April 7, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      Hahaaaa! I’ll join you on that initiative. We should start a movement.

  15. shorty_RN

    April 7, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    That baby is too frickin cute. Those chubby little legs kill me! And I’m sure he was only outside for a few minutes, so he’s gonna be fine. There is nothing more annoying than someone questioning how you’ve dressed your child. My son has naturally rosy little cheeks. I once had a woman I did not know come up to me, at my grandfathers funeral, to tell me “Your baby is too hot. Look at his red face. You need to take his sweater off.” Now, after hearing that I started having a rage-stroke, so the details are fuzzy, but I think I gave her the kind of look that says “I will kill you with my bare hands.” She didn’t stick around.

    • Guets

      April 7, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      baby apparel=woman’s pregnant belly=public property
      This is why even if you are thinking about being nosy you remember that you don’t know that baby and you continue to mind yer own dang business.

    • whiteroses

      April 7, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      What’s hilarious to me is that it’s not exactly Siberia in NZ/AU right now. I mean, yeah, she was wearing a coat- but I’m pretty sure if this kid gets a cold, at least five people get fired. He’s good.

  16. Robotic Socks

    April 7, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I personally support Kate’s right to nurse in public!

    • Valerie

      April 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      “Katie has some big-ass ti-tays!”

    • Robotic Socks

      April 7, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Wot? It’s because the Prince might be hungry!

    • Valerie

      April 7, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      Chapelle Show. The Mad Real World skit?

  17. ctpdenver

    April 7, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    If she really loved him, she would be wearing a sling. Also, the bright colors might confuse him. Also, what is his vaccination status? The public has the right to know.

  18. ctpdenver

    April 7, 2014 at 1:06 pm


    That is all

  19. SA

    April 7, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    My only thought on what he is dressed in was “Good God don’t put a baby in ALL WHITE!”…..of course regal babies probably don’t have blow outs.

  20. Jennifer Freeman

    April 7, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I hate how in love with this family I am because they in no way affect my life, but oh man it would be great if the World’s Cutest Prince could make it to a play date with my little chunk monster. MOSTLY I just want to pinch his little cheeks but that might sound creepy so I’m going to use a play date with my son as a pretense and…damn. still creepy.

  21. dragonzflame

    April 7, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    I live in New Zealand. There was, in fact, an article about it where they quoted one old lady who went to see them at the airport saying ‘I wish he was wearing a hat’. It would have been cold there – the wind in Wellington whips up in a pretty much straight line from Antarctica – but I seriously doubt the kid would be out in it for long.

    The sanctimommies have been out in force already – a few days ago there was widespread bitching about how the car seat was installed (forward facing, not rear facing at the parents’ request) BY A CAR SEAT EXPERT from NZ’s child health service.

  22. SusannahJoy

    April 10, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    I want a bright red wool coat.

  23. SusannahJoy

    April 10, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    I want a bright red wool coat.

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