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Has Kate Middleton Changed Her Mind About Having a Home Birth?

Here’s what we know about where royal baby number three will be delivered.
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Back in September of 2017, rumors that the Duchess of Cambridge would have a home birth for her third child dominated the headlines. The Daily Mail had reported she was "keen" on the idea after having given birth to both Prince George and Princess Charlotte in the hospital.

The British tabloid speculated that a birth in Kensington Palace would give Kate a bit more privacy in her first days postpartum. She wouldn't have to greet the press outside the hospital immediately following delivery; instead, she could take a beat with her newborn before rushing into hair and makeup to face the hoards to reporters, cameras, and well-meaning well-wishers.

There was also, reportedly, concern about the disruption a royal birth can cause to a hospital's day-to-day activity.

It's an understandable concern, especially considering that royal births traditionally took place in royal residences. The Queen had all her children at Buckingham Palace, for example. But now, Vanity Fair is reporting that the Duchess of Cambridge plans to deliver her third child in the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Paddington Hospital.

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"She has decided that she will be having the baby at the Lindo Wing. The room is all booked, the team are ready and everyone is just waiting for the baby to come," a source told the publication. "They have had two very positive experiences at the Lindo Wing so it’s the number one choice. She knows the team and she feels like she’s in very safe hands."

Both Prince George and Princess Charlotte were both born in St. Mary's Hospital, as were Prince William and Prince Harry.

Duchess Kate is due with her third child in April, and recently revealed that her husband Prince William is "in denial" about the impending birth. The child, whether it is a boy or a girl will become fifth in line to the throne, bumping Prince Harry and everyone else down a spot in the order of succession.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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