Princess Beatrice’s royal birth not as expensive as Meghan Markle’s – costing £10k

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Royal births are always a lavish affair and take place in some of the grandest hospitals in the country, which also incurs a bill. Pregnancy and childbirth experts at CFAH looked into the most expensive royal birth packages, across hospitals in the UK and US, in order to rank them in order of expense. After conducting the research, Meghan Markle was found to have had the most expensive royal birth, costing £10,000.

Meghan Markle gave birth to her first child, Archie, at the exclusive Portland Hospital, which is also the maternity ward where Sarah Ferguson gave birth to her daughters.

With five-star catering, brilliant facilities, the undivided attention of a consultant and silver hand-crafted baby mementoes, this can set parents back at least £10,000.

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is a Spanish themed hospital in California, where Meghan and Harry welcomed their second child, Lilibet.

With birth packages costing up to £20,000, this is not a cheap option and looks more like a hotel than a hospital. A natural birth costs £10,000 while a Caesarean section is £20,000.

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Each of the Birthing Rooms has a recliner, a rocking chair, and a sofa to complement the birthing bed with lots of pillows for comfort. Every room has Wi-Fi, a video monitor and computer keyboard.

There is a menu for food orders and room service, as well as a pantry so women in labour and loved ones can help themselves to snacks at any time they wish.

Princess Beatrice came in second place for most expensive royal births, with her birth package costing £8,775.

The Princess gave birth at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s private wing.

Prices in the private Kensington Wing vary depending on if the new mother opts for midwife-led or consultant care.

If they want consultant-led care, the cheapest package is the ‘vaginal delivery package’, which costs £6,475.

The most expensive package is the ‘platinum emergency or elective section package’, which is £9,050.

Meanwhile, for mums wanting midwife-led care, the cheapest package is the £8,775 ‘vaginal delivery package’ while the most expensive is the £10,650 ‘platinum emergency or elective section package’.

The hospital offers £75 bottles of champagne and smoked salmon for a post-birth snack, as well as “state of the art flat-screen TV’s and luxurious walk-in showers”.

The Duchess of Cambridge came in third place with her birth at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London costing £7,500.

Kate Middleton chose to follow in the footsteps of Princess Anne and Princess Diana who also gave birth in the Lindo Wing.

The exclusive maternity ward has a range of high-profile patients and prices start at £5,900 for a one-night stay, and can rise to £6,275 for a deluxe package.

If you wish to stay an additional night, it can cost you £1,175. The price for a stay in one of the unit’s suites is available on request, but it is thought to be closer to £7,500.

The package includes midwifery care, theatre fees, routine midwife appointments, blood tests, paediatrician fee for the first baby, nursery care, meals, celebration afternoon tea and accommodation for your partner.

Sophie Countess of Wessex had the least expensive royal birth in a free NHS hospital, according to the research. The Countess’s daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, was premature and she had to undergo an emergency c-section at the NHS funded hospital, Frimley Park in Camberley.

Sophie opted to have her second child, James, Viscount Severn, at the hospital too, and in 2014, she made an emotional visit back to the NHS hospital where she was honoured to open its new neonatal unit.

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