Delivering a prince or princess is never easy–or so we gather, not being royal ourselves–even if it’s your third. Just ask Kate Middleton, who is expecting Baby No. 3 with Prince William sometime in April. We think. Nothing’s been confirmed, but Will and Kate will update us on the baby’s section of their website if and when anything comes up. And while George and Charlotte didn’t get this kind of technological treatment for their births, it seems the Cambridges are stepping it up in more ways than one.
As with her first two, Kate will be delivering in the same maternity suite in the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London. And even though she’s weeks away from popping, the suite — which costs nearly $12,500 per day — has been under lock-down since mid-March. Yeesh, does lock-down time factor into that cost? Because, damn.
“Security does regular sweeps of the room, then it’s resealed each time with tamper-proof tape,” an insider told Us Weekly. “It’s a high-security operation. Even the crawl space above the room is checked regularly.”
The royals reportedly have everything planned “down to the tiniest detail.” There’s even a “baby team” in place — which includes Kate’s mom, Carole Middleton — that will make sure “everything is ready, from media plans to security to hospital arrangements.” And you know what every good plan needs? A backup plan. Which, of course, they have.
The insider added the hospital will get a five-minute warning that the future royal is about to be born, in order to “prevent anyone being tipped off that she’ll be leaving home.” Considering all the other security measures, that likely won’t be a problem.
Kate’s due date is probably April 23, at least according to Us, so let’s be serious here. The press will be camped outside for days, if not weeks before that, so despite all the steps being taken to ensure privacy, we’re going to know. Especially if it goes as quickly as it did with Charlotte. Kate gave birth on a Saturday morning and left the hospital 12 hours later. Here’s hoping we get the little royal’s name (we’re still betting on Alice) just as quickly.