Meghan, 37, who is due in the coming weeks, was said to be considering other options, but a source said today that the Lindo wing, at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, is the ‘superior choice’ for the royal couple.
It was previously speculated that the Duchess of Sussex might consider the US-owned hospital like The Portland, in London, or one closer to their new home in Windsor like the Frimley Park Hospital, in Surrey.
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Meghan, 37, who is due in the coming weeks, was said to be considering other options, but a source said today that the Lindo wing, at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, is the ‘superior choice’ for the royal couple. Pictured, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex earlier this month
The hospital is where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had all three of their children – Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, three, and Prince Louis, 10 months, pictured
Kensington Palace declined to comment.
In February it emerged that The Lindo Wing maternity ward had told its staff to avoid taking holiday in April, prompting speculation that Baby Sussex would be born there.
Prince Harry and Prince William were also born at St Mary’s.
However conflicting reports have suggested Meghan might select a Home Counties hospital that would be more accessible from the Sussexes’ new home at Frogmore Cottage, Windsor.
Frimley Park Hospital, in Surrey, where Harry’s aunt, the Countess of Wessex, had her two children, was said to be in the running.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George on the steps of the Lindo Wing in August 2013. The Cambridges followed Diana’s lead in choosing the hospital
Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge with baby daughter Princess Charlotte on the steps of the Lindo Wing, following her birth in May 2015
Meanwhile last month reports emerged claiming the Duchess of Sussex may opt for an American-owned hospital to welcome the royal baby.
Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell, 60, predicted that Meghan, 37, will opt against the £7,500-a-night Lindo Wing where sister-in-law Kate Middleton gave birth, in favour of a US hospital in London such as The Portland.
The Portland in Fitzrovia is owned by the Hospital Corporation Of America, and is where royal Sarah Ferguson, as well as Meghan’s celebrity pal Victoria Beckham, and Kate Winslet chose to give birth.
There have also been claims suggesting the couple might plump for a more natural route and are even considering a home birth, although this seems unlikely.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana on the steps of the Lindo Wing with newborn Prince William
However other reports have recently hinted that the couple may choose a more natural route, with previous sources claiming that the duchess has been reading up on hypnobirthing techniques with a view to giving birth at their new home in Windsor.
Giving birth at home would be in contrast to the exclusive Lindo Wing, where Amal Clooney gave birth to her twins last year, and which even offers champagne on its menu for thrilled parents to toast new arrivals.
Prices at the plush West London hospital ward start at an eye-watering £5,900 for a one-night stay, with a stay in one of the suites closer to £7,500.
Lindo Wing price list: From £5,900 for a single night
A standard room at the Lindo Wing would cost parents £5,900, while a deluxe room starts at £6,275.
Mothers who have previously had a baby at the Wing are given a 10 per cent reduction on the standard delivery package.
The price for a stay in one of the unit’s suites, where Meghan is likely to give birth, is available on request, but it thought to be closer to £7,500.
The unit also charges families for each additional day in a room, with a standard room costing £1,175 per night.
Included in the package price is:
Several services are not included in the package, however, including professional fees for obstetric and anaesthetic services, as well as any antenatal care.
Blood transfusions, scans, non-routine medication and induction (if required) also cost extra, while William would only get a free breakfast.
The unit requires a deposit of £7,075 for normal delivery or £9,785 for caesarean section, with outstanding credit returned after discharge.