What is the Lindo wing at St Mary’s Hospital, will Meghan give birth there and when did Kate have her children there?
But where exactly is the famous hospital where Kate gave birth to her third baby, will Meghan Markle go there and can YOU give birth at the most famous hospital ward in the world?
Where is St Mary’s Hospital?
St Mary’s Hospital is located in Paddington, City of Westminster, London, and its full address is St Mary’s Hospital, South Wharf Road, London W2 1NY.
It is 173 years old, as it was founded in 1845 and first admitted patients in 1851.
It is operated by the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and is an NHS hospital with a private wing.
The private wing is named the Lindo wing, where many royal and celebrity births have taken place and was founded in 1937.
The name comes from businessman and hospital board-member Frank Charles Lindo, who donated £111,500 to the hospital.
When did Kate Middleton give birth to her third baby?
Kate Middleton gave birth to her third child Prince Louis in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 11.01am.
She also gave birth to her other two children there – Prince George, five, and Princess Charlotte, three.
Prince William and Prince Harry were born in the hospital, too.
Will Meghan Markle give birth there?
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they were expecting their first child on October 15.
Kensington Palace made the announcement via Twitter, saying: "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019.
“Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”
It was previously thought that Meghan Markle would follow in the footsteps of Kate Middleton and Princess Diana to give birth at the exclusive Lindo Wing.
The Sun’s Royal Correspondent Emily Andrews said: “It’s fantastic news that the Duchess of Sussex is pregnant and past her 12 weeks stage.
“I understand the Queen, Prince Philip, Charles and Camilla were delighted when the couple told them.
“Meghan’s mum Doria was also over the moon at the prospect of her first grandchild.
“Meghan and Harry’s baby is due in the spring and I’d imagine she would be having it at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s hospital where Kate had George, Charlotte and Louis.
“Harry himself was also born there.
“Meghan will most likely be under the care of Guy Thorpe-Beeston and Alan Farthing, who helped deliver Prince Louis in April.
What £5,900 will buy you at the Lindo wing
All of the care packages at the Lindo wing include:
- Midwifery care throughout delivery and postnatal stay
- Theatre fees
- Routine midwife appointments and blood tests
- Paediatrician fee for first baby
- Nursery care
- Postnatal physiotherapy
- Routine medications and dressings
- Meals and daily newspaper
- Accommodation and breakfast for your partner, for each night of your postnatal stay
You will be expected to pay extra for:
- Any antenatal care (excluding midwifery appointment)
- Professional fees for obstetric services and anaesthetic services
- Blood transfusions, diagnostic tests and injections not specified in the package
- Non-routine take-home medication
- Induction (if required)
- Hearing check (unless NHS eligible)
- Additional guest meals
However, fresh rumours suggest Meghan may be considering Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey instead, which is far nearer to her soon-to-be new home in Windsor.
Based near Farnborough in Surrey, Frimley Park is around 15 miles from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new home outside of London.
The Lindo Wing, by comparison, is based in central London around 23 miles away.
Frimley Park is an NHS-run hospital, however it does have dedicated facilities for private patients.
It is the same hospital where Sophie, Countess of Wessex, gave birth to both her children -Lady Louise Windsor in November 2003 and James, Viscount Severn in December 2007.
How much does a birthing room cost at the Lindo Wing?
If your private health insurance does not cover maternity costs, the Lindo wing offers packages for overnight care.
For a standard room, a one-night package for normal delivery costs £5,900, and a caesarean section costs £7,435.
If you wish to stay an additional night, it would cost you £1,175.
For a deluxe room, a normal delivery package is £6,275 and a caesarean is £7,810 and an additional night would cost £1,550.
Suites are also available and vary by price.
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