After missing the World Cup, a BBC correspondent announced the safe delivery of his baby.
Matt Graveling, a BBC Sports reporter for the past decade, has revealed why he missed attending and reporting on the Lionesses’ historic World Cup semi-final triumph against Australia on Wednesday.
He announced the birth of his’miracle IVF kid’ on social media.
‘It’s not often @BBCSport reporters miss England in a World Cup Semi final but my future Lioness had other ideas!’ he shared.
‘Our little IVF miracle arrived seconds after @ellatoone99 smashed in the opener and so managed to watch the 2nd half 😅.’
He then went on to congratulate the national team, adding: ‘@Lionesses you have a new fan for the final!’
Matt shared two photographs, one of him in a hospital robe and head cover embracing his baby, and the other of his daughter in her hospital cot with his phone displaying the Lionesses’ World Cup semi-final playing next to her.
His colleagues offered their congratulations, with BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty tweeting: ‘Fantastic win(s) for you!!! Congratulations! xx.’
Jon Kay added: ‘Massive congratulations. That’s fantastic.’
BBC News anchor Rita Chakrabarti also commented: ‘How lovely, many congratulations Matt!’
Following the Lioness’ victory, several prominent figures congratulated the squad ahead of their match against Spain on Sunday.
Shortly after the semi-final finished, Holly Willoughby wrote on Instagram: ‘Utterly incredible… wow wee! Congratulations @lionesses.’
Meanwhile, Carol Vorderman tweeted: ‘Sweet Caroline. A great day for women Congratulations Lionesses. And Congratulations to the Matildas. All of you, how you enjoy yourselves how you give an inspiration to all young girls. When I was your age we couldn’t ever have dreamed of these times. It’s wonderful.’
King Charles and Queen Camilla also sent their “warmest congratulations on reaching the World Cup final,” as well as their “very best wishes” for the forthcoming encounter this weekend.
Source My Celebrity Life.