A suite of two rooms now costs £6,570 for a one-night stay with normal delivery - £5,913 with Kate's 10 per cent off - plus consultant fees of around £6,000 on top.
That means the cost of even a natural delivery, with little in the way of complications, will easily top £12,000 - with added costs if the use of forceps or other equipment is required.
George was only the second direct heir to the throne to be born in hospital – the first being his father, Prince William, who was also delivered at the Lindo on June 21 1982 (followed later by his brother, Prince Harry). Other royal babies, including his grandfather, Prince Charles, were delivered at home or at royal residences such as Buckingham Palace.
The Lindo Wing underwent an extensive refurbishment in June 2012 and now provides what it boasts is the ‘highest quality of care’ for patients experiencing both straightforward and complex pregnancies.
All rooms are equipped with satellite television, wi-fi radio, a safe and a fridge. There is also a bedside phone, internet access and the option of having a daily newspaper delivered to your room.
The wing even has its own team of catering staff separate from the rest of the hospital ready to cater for any dietary whim.
The hospital wing also offers its own wine list should patients and their guests wish to enjoy a glass of champagne to celebrate their baby’s arrival.
As for its aftercare service, the Lindo Wing has a team of maternity support workers and nursery nurses who can offer advice and reassurance to all new mothers staying there, royal or not.
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