While the world waits for the arrival of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s third baby, the royal couple has decided that they will change things up this time around. William and Kate will depart from tradition and not have their baby at the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital, and will instead opt for a home birth.
The 36-year-old wants to deliver at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, and her husband is supportive of her decision.
“Catherine has said she would love to have her baby at home. She has discussed it with William, and he is being very supportive. They both think it would be lovely for the family to have a home birth, particularly for George and Charlotte,” said a palace insider.
The source went on to say that the chaos surrounding the arrival of their first two children – when hundreds of press and public camped out for days – was something they didn’t want to repeat.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge don’t think it’s fair to the other patients at the hospital or their families.
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The couple welcomed their first two children at St. Mary’s, and Princess Diana gave birth to William and Harry there as well. But, it was Diana who changed the royal tradition of home birth. Queen Elizabeth gave birth to Prince Charles and all of his siblings at Kensington Palace.
Doctors advised Kate against home birth when she was pregnant with Prince George and Princess Charlotte because they thought it would be too risky. Because of their concern, she decided against it.
Royal watchers are already placing bets on what the name of the new royal will be. So far, the frontrunner for a girl is Alice, and for a boy, it is Albert.
Both are historical royal names, and Alice was also a frontrunner when Princess Charlotte was born.
Other popular choices include Victoria, Elizabeth, James, Henry, and Philip, but there is still time for guessing since Middleton isn’t due until April.
In a recent public appearance at Roe Green Junior School in Kingsbury, Middleton’s growing baby bump was on full display, and some think that what she wore was a hint that she could be expecting a baby boy.
The Duchess wore a stunning blue Sportmax coat and covered her neck with a blue Beulah London scarf. She visited Roe Green as part of an initiative launched in 50 British schools that features a website called Mentally Health Schools – a project of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have not publicly commented on their birthing plan.