I'll be so sad to see once-cheeky Prince Harry leave the royal family | Cheryl Gibbs

I’ve made many royal programmes in my time working in television. I don’t know why really – I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a royal expert, or at least not in the traditional sense.

Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 10:07 pm
Updated Thursday, 16th January 2020, 4:33 pm
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But I have made around seven or eight royal programmes and once you’ve done this many and watched hundreds of minutes of footage of different members of the royal family, you do get a sense of what each of them are like.

The cameras are often left running when interviews are over and, in my opinion, these are the best bits.

That is when you get a glimpse of their real characters and I’ve loved watching the archives, especially Prince Harry who is renowned for being mischievous and a bit cheeky.

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Now, let's be honest, it’s this personality that is the reason why most of us love him – he’s about as normal as you’re going to get for the British monarchy.

However, I was as shocked as the next person when I heard he’s choosing to step down as a senior member of the royal family, alongside his wife, American actress Meghan Markle.

They say they want to lead a more normal life with their son, Archie, spending half the year in Britain and half the year in North America.

Obviously if it was a coin toss between who would do it, Prince William or Prince Harry, my money would have always been on Harry.

But it doesn’t mean to say I wasn’t surprised, because I was. It’s a very bold move and one that will go down in the annals of time as one of the biggest upheavals in our royal history.

Bless the Queen. She’s had a lot to deal with lately, what with Prince Andrew’s ongoing scandal, and now this.

But she does what she always does, holds her head high and puts on a face of solidarity for the public and that’s why she’s loved by so many over here and across the Commonwealth.

Harry and Meghan’s decision to step down and apparently live financially independent of public funds is yet to be seen and I would suspect Meghan’s past life as an actress will come back into play at some point in the near future.

But I have to say, Harry’s decision was a sad day for the British monarchy.

Divorce is even harder for couples in the spotlight

Ant – as in British telly favourites Ant and Dec – has agreed to give his ex-wife, Lisa Armstrong, £31m in their divorce.

The couple, who wed in 2006, announced they were divorcing in January 2018 and it’s been a bit of a public battle since as to how they were going to divide their assets and custody of their beloved Labrador, Hurley.

If the sums are true that’s an incredible amount of money that Lisa will walk away with, but apparently Ant is ‘delighted’ because it means he can now move on with his life.

I wish them both the best. Separations are hard enough, but add a huge fortune, fame and everything else that comes with it, and things get very nasty.

Nothing can prepare you for babies – we’re clueless!

Matt and I are continuing our parenting course and one of the sessions was dedicated to breastfeeding.

I wasn’t going to make him come with me as I assumed – apparently incorrectly – that breastfeeding was wholly down to me.

But it turned out the guys were expected to come too, although Matt looked bewildered most of the time.

Some people have laughed at us for doing this parenting course as I guess nothing can really prepare you for having a new baby.

But being given the information to make our own informed decisions has been really helpful.

It's also a relief to see other people in the same boat as us are just as clueless! ​​​​​​