The public”s insatiable interest in Kate Middleton”s baby was piqued further this week when details of her birth plan were revealed by the royal officials. It”s easy to forget that Kate is a first-time mum like any other, and will no doubt be experiencing the same excitement and apprehension felt by all women in that position.
It comes as no surprise then that as she prepares to welcome her baby under the watchful eye of the world press, Kate wants to keep her family close.
According to the Mail, the Duchess, 31, has asked her mother Carole and younger sister Pippa to be by her side when she goes into labour.
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Kate — who wants to give birth naturally, unless nature intervenes — hopes to have her husband Prince William with her, but should he be on duty in Wales, working as a Search and Rescue pilot, she has asked Carole and Pippa to be there.
William is said to be determined to make it to the delivery suite in the private Lindo suit in St Mary”s Hospital, Paddington “by hook or by crook”, and may well arrive by helicopter from his Wales base.
It”s understood the new dad will take two weeks paternity leave, as allowed by the Ministry of Defence.
Kate, meanwhile, will reportedly spend the first six weeks of her newborn”s life at her parents” home in Berkshire.
St James”s Palace officials have appealed for an “appropriate degree of sensitivity” regarding the royal arrival. The birth was a “very personal matter for the Duke and Duchess,” they said. “But they also know it”s a time to celebrate and many will want to share in their joy.”
It has been revealed that Kate and William decided not to find out the sex of their firstborn, which will be delivered in the Lindo Wing of St Mary”s — where Prince William and Prince Harry were both born. The baby will be delivered by Marcus Setchell, the Queen”s gynecologist.
After the arrival, an official announcement will be signed by medical staff and driven to Buckingham Palace, almost certainly under police escort. The notice will then be placed at the Palace central gates.
It”s not known how long it will be before the baby”s name is revealed. When Prince Harry was born, the public were told his name the day Princess Diana left the hospital. But it took almost a week for his older brother”s name to be announced.