"This Is How Brilliant a Royal Kate Is"

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
July 22 2013 5:16 PM

Did CNN Just Lock Up the Award For Worst Royal Baby Commentary?

I've watched this clip more than is probably healthy in the past 15 minutes and for the life of me I can't say for certain whether she's joking or being sincere (welcome to the world of watching the royal watchers!)—but that's probably only because I don't want to live in a world where this type of "expert" analysis gets airtime on one of the nation's largest news outlets. Take a look and decide for yourself, and while you're at it let me know your thoughts at @JoshVoorhees or in the Comment section below.

That quote again from Victoria Arbiter, whose father was a press secretary for the queen: "My first thought, I have to say, was this is how brilliant a royal Kate is. There are women throughout British royal family history that have panicked over not being able to deliver a boy, and here we are, Kate did it first time."

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For those of you who have forgotten your high-school biology classes, it's the male who technically determines the sex of a baby thanks to the fact that he's the only one who can contribute a Y chromosome. But, then again, it's the women who've historically been blamed (and by "blamed" I mean "beheaded") for failing to produce a male heir, so there's a chance that Arbiter was just having a little fun. Let's hope so.

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Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.