As the world celebrates the birth of the royal Prince, it has been confirmed to our sister publication hola.com that Hollywood actress Penelope Cruz has also welcomed a child.
The pregnant star was admitted to Ruber Internacional hospital in Madrid on Monday evening, the same day that Kate Middleton welcomed her little boy in St Mary’s Hospital in London, and gave birth to a baby girl.
The new arrival is Penelope and husband Javier Bardem’s second child – they are already parents to two-year-old son Leonardo, who was born at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles in 2011.
Despite being heavily pregnant, Oscar-winner Penelope was spotted showing off her full baby bump as she attended the Los Veranos de la Villa Music Festival in Madrid on Saturday.
The 39-year-old, who was originally thought to be due back in June, looked in high spirits as she enjoyed the festivities with her husband. She was wearing a long white blazer, a pair of jeans and a tight white top that accentuated her stomach.
Penelope and husband Javier started dating in 2007 and married in early July 2010 in an intimate ceremony at a friend’s home in the Bahamas.
The couple are notoriously private, and in a recent interview Penelope revealed that she was keen to keep her children out of the spotlight.
“I want my son and my kids – if I have more – to grow up in a way that is as anonymous as possible,” she said.
“The fact that his father and I have chosen to do the work we do doesn’t give anybody the right to invade our privacy.”
Penelope’s sister Monica recently gave birth to her first child, a baby daughter. Penelope announced her second pregnancy a month after her younger sibling.
The two Cruz sisters are famously close, and no doubt Monica turned to her big sister for advice while carrying her first child .
Monica made headlines when she announced her pregnancy back in January, with the frank admission that she had turned to an anonymous donor.
The actress told Spanish newspaper El Pais that she feared that if she waited to meet the perfect partner, it would be “too late for motherhood”.
She said that in the first few months of pregnancy, she had “isolated” herself to avoid answering difficult questions. “I wanted to avoid, above all, that they spoke about possible fathers , or the possible candidates to be it.”
But later, Monica said she felt “uneasy” about hiding the manner of the conception, believing that she was helping make it a taboo subject.
“So I have decided to tell all. To become pregnant , I turned to artificial insemination,” she said candidly. “I want to tell also so I can have the opportunity to show my thanks to all those anonymous men that give many women like me, the dream of their lives.”