#TBT to 2019, when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were still active members of the royal family. After writing a snail mail note to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to congratulate them on the impending arrival of Baby Archie, I was surprised and delighted to get a royal reply. It also inspired me to make more of an effort when it comes to keeping up with my royal correspondence. Up next: The birthday of Kate Middleton. (As you know, she turned the big 3-8 on January 9.)
So, I took a similar approach to what I did with Meghan and Harry, picking out what I deemed an appropriate birthday card (hand-selected from Mr. Boddington’s Studio this time) and penning a handwritten note in cursive that was personal and specific in terms of why I felt Kate deserved birthday accolades. My main reason? She’s a class act, always delivering grace under pressure in regal circumstances, but also day in and day out as a “mum” of three. (I even mentioned the way she laughed it off when Charlotte stuck her tongue out during the King’s Cup Regatta. Kids!)
I dropped the birthday card in the mail in mid-December, a cool five weeks ahead of Kate’s big day, so you can only imagine how elated I felt to spot her royal reply last week mixed in amongst my bills. (It’s pretty hard to miss any piece of mail with a return address of “Kensington Palace” and postage that reads “Royal Mail.”)
I opened the letter so carefully out of fear that I might introduce a tear.