Pippa Middleton reportedly welcomed her first child, a baby boy, with James Matthews on Monday. Kate Middleton's sister was seen entering the Lindo Wing with her husband, as pointed out by Harper's BAZAAR, the same hospital in which Princess Diana and Kate Middleton gave birth to their children. But can non-royals like Pippa do the same?
The answer is an unqualified yes. After all, when Prince Louis was born back in April, unsuspecting couples emerged from the Lindo Wing with their newborns, only to be greeted by throngs of photographers and fans of the royals.
A little background: The Lindo Wing is a private section of St. Mary's Hospital in London. (That means it's not covered through the U.K.'s National Health Service.) Though the hospital itself was built in 1845, the private Lindo Wing wasn't created until 1937. It was remodeled in 2012 right before Prince George's birth in 2013. According to People, the maternity unit consists of 16 rooms: five for labor and 11 for postnatal care.
But you have to be pretty fancy to give birth at the Lindo Wing. Suites like Duchess Kate's (and probably Pippa's, too) only give prices upon application.
Prices reportedly start at over $8,000 a night, but patients like Kate and Pippa probably spring for the higher-priced deluxe suites.
The facilities are more like a hotel than a hospital, with fresh food prepared on site (including afternoon tea), wine and champagne available on request, and amenities like satellite television and wi-fi.
George and Amal Clooney's twins were also born at the Lindo Wing, The Telegraph reports. And it's clear why: The hospital offers plenty of privacy for high-profile parents, a night nursery so both parents can get some much-needed sleep, and specific facilities for dads. So both Pippa Middleton and James Matthews likely had (at least some) relaxation while at the Lindo Wing.