Kate Middleton will give birth to baby number three in April — and she even has to follow royal rules right away.
The Duchess of Cambridge has to follow traditional birthing rules and a set of customs when a baby is born, including who to tell first and when to reveal the news to the public.
The first rule is that home births are preferred: The Queen gave birth to her children in Buckingham Palace, but since this has become outdated, Kate will likely give birth at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital in the private Lindo Wing. Princess Diana gave birth to Prince Harry and Prince William there and broke with tradition.
Guess who has to be the very first to know?
The Queen, of course. She must be informed before any family (besides William) and before the public. Traditionally, the announcement will be done outside Buckingham Palace. (Again, Kate didn’t do this last time, and announced it on Twitter — after she told the Queen.) The literal town crier announces the news to the public. His name is Tony Appleton and he shouted the good news all over London about both Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Dads are not allowed in the delivery room. William will likely be waiting nearby. (New relaxed rules say dad can go in if he wants, but it's not clear what William will do.)
If they have a midwife or doula, those people will have to sign a non-disclosure agreement to not say a word about the birth. Kate had three midwives during the birth of Princess Charlotte.
Kensington Palace confirmed the new baby’s due date is April 2018.
The gender has not yet been announced.
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