After opting for hospital births for her first two children, the Duchess of Cambridge will reportedly consider a home birth at either Kensington Palace or Anmer Hall for her third baby, which is due in April.
‘Catherine has said she would love to have her baby at home,’ a royal source told the Express. ‘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.’
This isn’t the only reason, however, that Kate is leaning towards a home birth for baby number three: both the Duke and Duchess are thought to have major concerns about the practical impact upon any hospital they’d choose. ‘Above all, they both agree that having a home birth would save a massive intrusion into the day to day running of any hospital where she gave birth,’ the source added.
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‘They were very concerned about the chaos caused with the first two children as hundreds of press and public camped outside for several days, and they would like to avoid a repeat if they could.’
‘They don’t think it’s fair on other patients at the hospital and people visiting their relatives.’
For the births of Prince George (in July 2013) and Princess Charlotte (in May 2015), the Duchess stayed at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, where Prince William and Prince Harry were born in 1982 and 1984.
Before that, though, there was little precedent for royals to give birth in hospitals. Indeed, the Queen was born at her parents’ London residence, while all four of her own children were born at home: Princes Charles, Andrew and Edward were born at Buckingham Palace, Princess Anne at Clarence House.