Royal Baby: This is why Kate Middleton would NEVER give birth at ‘ordinary’ NHS hospital
ROYAL BABY: Kate Middleton will be giving birth to her third child at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, which is a private maternity ward. An expert has explained why Kate would not give birth in an NHS hospital.
The royal baby due date is getting closer, as Kate Middleton, 36, prepares to give birth to her third child with Prince William, 35, at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
The Duchess of Cambridge is receiving private maternity treatment for the birth process, as she did with Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Kate’s due date is 23 April, it is believed.
While St Mary’s Hospital is an NHS owned healthcare centre, the Lindo Wing is a maternity centre specifically for private healthcare.
But why does the Duchess not receive medical care from the NHS? It is believed the Duchess will never use an “ordinary” maternity care service.
“There’s a lot of noise about them wanting to be ordinary and wanting to give their children ordinary upbringings, but yet so many things about their daily lives are not ordinary,” said royal correspondent Victoria Murphy.
Expecting the royals to give birth at a public NHS hospital would be “unrealistic”, Victoria told Pod Save The Queen, the Daily Mirror’s royal podcast.
She added this is not necessarily down to personal preferences, but more due to the pressures of royal life.
“With private hospitals it’s probably a bit easier for them to have a more controlled environment without disrupting larger services,” she said.
“That’s the kind of thing they’re always trying to do in terms of security and in terms of privacy.
She added that a royal birth at an NHS hospital might cause a “difficult” situation for both patients and staff.
“I think it’s about controlling the environment and knowing the people you’re dealing with and the people in the department can be vetted, which I think is a lot more difficult to do in a NHS setting in a larger ward.
Kate Middleton will give birth to the royal baby at the Lindo Wing, a private maternity ward
“Would they take over a whole ward of an NHS hospital, perhaps depriving other patients of the opportunity to use it?”
Practically, the royals would never be treated the same as other NHS patients, Victoria said.
“They’re never going to get treated like any other NHS patient and people might dislike that as well.
“I think we probably have to say, if we’re going to have a royal family we probably have to accept there are going to have to be things that are different.
“There’s a huge interest in this birth and to pretend that this is a normal scenario is just unrealistic.”
Yesterday, it was revealed by a betting expert why the royal baby name will not be Diana.
While many believe the baby will be a girl, one particular female name choice has plummeted in popularity since Kate gave birth to her daughter Princess Charlotte, 2.
The name “Diana” was a hot favourite for royal baby number 2 when Princess Charlotte was born in 2015.
It is the same name as Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana, who passed away in 1997 at the age of 36 due to injuries from a car crash. However, Diana is not a favourite for Kate’s third child. Why is this?
Ladbrokes representative Alex Apati explained: “Diana was fancied last time around, but we now know that’s a middle name for Charlotte.
“It’s hard to see Kate and William opting for it as a first name should their third child be a girl.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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