A couple got quite the "surreal" surprise when Kate Middleton called them up with a congratulatory message on the birth of their son, ahead of UK's Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week.
To better understand the impact of the novel coronavirus on the aspect of healthcare dealing with all things baby-related, the Duchess of Cambridge had a Zoom call with leading experts on the matter and surprised a couple in the process.
Rebecca and John welcomed their son Max at Kingston Hospital just south of London hours before receiving the call from Kate. The duchess has a special place for the particular hospital since spending time there last year.
After the friendly exchange of greetings, Kate noted that her congratulatory call "is definitely a first," and sent her "huge congratulations" before asking if they welcomed a boy or a girl.
An image of little Max came up as the couple shared that they are parents of a boy, and Kate couldn't help but gush that he is "so sweet."
After the Zoom call with Kate, new mom Rebecca said that the staff on the maternity ward made their experience "as normal as possible" amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Apart from gushing about the "amazing" medical staff, Rebecca also shared that apart from having a baby, which is "an extraordinary experience" on its own, the surprise conversation with the duchess just put it over the top, as she said:
"Having [a baby] during lockdown and then a surprise conversation with the Duchess of Cambridge after two hours sleep was particularly surreal.”
MAKING THE MOST OF ZOOM
For the Zoom call ahead of Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, which starts today, Kate also spoke with midwives, parents, and health visitors.
The latest of Kate's Zoom calls in recent weeks, she and Prince William also chatted with teachers and students to learn more about their adjustment to remote learning and how it affects other areas of their lives.
THE REVEALING NEW BOOK
On May 14, a new book about the behavior of royals behind closed doors, named "Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir From Queen Mary To Meghan Markle," by Tom Quinn, is set to hit the shelves.
According to an excerpt from the book, the main contributor to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's split for the Kensington household, came after Meghan reportedly shouted at one of Kate's members of staff.
However, Meghan and Prince Harry have since left official royal life altogether, and after initially setting in Vancouver, Canada, the pair relocated to Los Angeles with their son Archie.
Archie's first birthday on May 6 is just around the corner, and the royal parents promised to give fans a rare glimpse of their firstborn in celebration of the special day.