There's nothing like a new baby to put a smile on people’s faces – and heaven knows the royal family could do with a ray of sunshine these days.
Ever since that Oprah Winfrey interview the palace has been trying to put out fires left, right and centre. So when the queen’s latest great-grandchild made his rather hasty appearance, there was delight all around – especially as the tot’s parents honoured the ailing Duke of Edinburgh by naming their son after him.
Lucas Philip Tindall is 22nd in line to the British throne, the first son born to Zara and Mike Tindall and baby brother to big sisters Mia (6) and Lena (2).
And where was the littlest member of the Firm born? On a gym mat on a bathroom floor, that’s where – proof once again that babies have no intention of following anyone’s rules.
In the run-up to the birth there was much speculation about where Zara (39) would give birth. Princess Anne’s only daughter is a country girl, more at home mucking about with horses and dogs than swanking it up in trendy London. Not for her the larney Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital (à la Kate Middleton) or the super-posh Portland Hospital (à la Princess Eugenie and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex).