Jacinda Ardern is just as confused by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's names as we are.

It’s a given that we think Jacinda Ardern – the Prime Minister of New Zealand and now a new mum – is a kick arse lady.

She’s the second world leader ever to give birth while in office and handled the slew of unnecessary questions that came with it flawlessly. However, even Ardern isn’t immune to a royal slip of the tongue.

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Introducing her newborn daughter Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford (Neve Gayford for short) in her first press conference post-birth with partner Clark Gayford, the 37-year-old spoke of how “mind-blowing” it was to receive well-wishes from the British royal family, which is when she made a teeny-tiny error.

“It’s certainly mind-blowing receiving messages from people like the Duke of Duchess of Essex and the Queen,” she said.


“It’s certainty not something you’d expect.”

Just a little problem.

As it stands there currently isn’t a Duke or Duchess of Essex. She was probably referring to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are of course more commonly known as, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Alternatively, there is also the Earl and Countess of Wessex, who are Prince Edward (the Queen’s youngest son) and his wife Sophie…

You can see how royal names and all their gazillion titles can be quite confusing at the best of times – let alone in the days after you’ve given birth to a baby.

In the press conference she also expressed her gratitude at all the other messages and gifts of support she’s received since giving birth.


“Equally special to us were just those moments of people who took time to send a little note or a blanket, or a set of booties,” she said, before revealing that she’d be paying the kindness forward.

“And once we’re done with all of those, we’ll make sure to pass them on to another family, another baby.”

It really just makes us admire Prime Minister Ardern even more.

The new mum gave birth on Friday at 4.45pm at Auckland City Hospital and will take six weeks maternity leave until July 29. Her deputy, Winston Peters, has stepped in as Acting Prime Minister.

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