Kate Middleton's whopping hospital bill

London  - Duchess Catherine's hospital birth could cost £10 000 (R158 000).

The pregnant royal - who is due to give birth next month - is expected to have her and Prince William's baby in the exclusive Lindo Wing at St Mary's hospital in Paddington, west London, and her private suite may command a five-figure fee.

The best care

Expectant mums who choose to give birth in the wing will be treated to luxury and top-of-the-line care from a dedicated maternity team including experts in obstetric, neonatal and anaesthetist care, according to the MailOnline.

All the extras

Each suite boasts a satellite TV, bedside phone, a fridge, a radio and even a safe to lock away valuable items.

Catherine, 31, will also have access to the internet and a selection of newspapers which will be delivered to her suite each morning.

Staff on call

And should the duchess have any final pregnancy cravings before the birth, the Lindo Wing's dedicated kitchen staff are available on call at all times and are able to meet various dietary requirements.

Duchess Catherine and Prince William, 30, will also be able to toast the birth of their heir with a glass of champagne chosen from an extensive wine list, which is made available to patients.

It was revealed yesterday that the royal couple do not yet know the gender of their impending bundle of joy as they want it to be a surprise.

Bertus Pretorius 2013/06/20 10:47:18 PM
Just out of curiosity, how much does a birth cost in a private hospital these days?
hotdog 2013/06/20 11:48:58 PM
Kate & William You go for it.Wish we had some pomp and ceremony in SA. At least is is not been stolen from us and the we have to have a committe and sub committee to establish an outcome , and then another sub comittee and another to establish the truth. Once that has been done anototgher sub committee will then appoint a further sub committe to establish if that is in fact true, Oh yes please dont forget the accommodation in luxury hotels and the food and booze that all go with the various " sub Committee" Urgggghhhhhh
Beckie Knight 2013/06/21 01:31:39 AM
You see, this is what doesn't make any sense - at all! Why? Why must they pay ten thousand pounds? Why does she need a fridge and a safe? This kind of news doesn't hold well - really! I mean, yes, they're royals but don't they understand that more than half the world is starving and that they should hold back on bragging about their wealth? Eish!
stewart.croucamp.9 2013/06/21 06:43:47 AM
If they have the money pay for it. Screw the poor.
Janet 2013/06/21 08:31:06 AM
Catherine is, after all, giving birth to a future monarch: why shouldn't she get the best care and why the fuss over the cost - I'm sure the Beckhams or other celebrities have spent more on more frippery than a hospital stay.
Gillian Louw 2013/06/21 09:09:42 AM
Her birth will still be alot cheaper than Kim K - who was expected to spend over $ 1 000 000.00 and she was not even Royality !!!
Olivia Bell 2013/06/21 02:18:31 PM
small change for them anyway.
Deidre Kilian 2013/06/22 03:04:45 AM
I gave birth to a baby in the US in 1999 and the cost was about $10,000. No fancy private birthing suite, natural birth, baby was a healthy 8lbs and we spent one night in hospital before going home. I don't think this couple is doing anything that is not being done by other couples on a daily basis, or that the cost is exorbitant in comparison.
Chris 2013/06/22 02:50:09 PM
plus top class nursing ........