Meghan Markle had the most expensive royal birth costing £10k – but can you guess whose was the cheapest?

PRINCESS Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi have just welcomed a baby girl at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s private wing.

The swanky suite comes with £75 bottles of champagne and smoked salmon snacks – but it was not the priciest royal birthing suite.

Pregnancy and childbirth experts at CFAH looked into the most expensive royal birth packages in order to rank them in order of expense – with the Duchess of Sussex’s two births taking the top two spots…

Meghan Markle

Hospital: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, California

Cost: £10,000- £20,000

The architecturally Spanish themed oasis in California is where Meghan and Harry welcomed their second child, Lilibet. 

With birth packages costing up to £20,000, this isn’t the cheap option, and looks more like a hotel than a hospital.

 (A natural birth will cost £10,000 while a Caesarean section is £20,000.)


Each of the Birthing Rooms has a recliner, a rocking chair, and a sofa to complement the birthing bed with a generous number of pillows for comfort. 

Every room has WiFi, 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.

Meghan & Sarah Ferguson

Hospital: The Portland Hospital, London

Cost: £10,000+



Meghan gave birth to her first child, Archie, at the exclusive Portland Hospital – also the maternity ward of choice for celebrities from Victoria Beckham and Claudia Schiffer. 

Sarah Fergusson also chose to give birth to her daughters here. 

With five-star catering, state-of-the-art facilities, the undivided attention of a consultant and silver hand-crafted baby mementos, this can set parents back tens of thousands of pounds. Luckily for them, the royals can certainly afford it!

Princess Beatrice

Hospital: Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London

Cost: £6,475 – £10,650


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

Prices in the private Kensington Wing vary depending on if the new mum 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. 

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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 boasts £75 bottles of champagne and smoked salmon for a post-birth snack, as well as state-of-the-art TVs and luxurious walk-in showers.

Kate Middleton

Hospital: St Mary's Hospital – Lindo Wing, London

Cost: £5,900 – £7,500



The Duchess of Cambridge chose to follow a long line of royals including Princess Anne and Princess Diana to give birth in the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital. 

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. 

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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 first baby, nursery care, meals, celebration afternoon tea and accommodation for your partner. 

Sophie, Countess of Wessex

Hospital: NHS Frimley Park Hospital

Cost: Free!



Sophie’s little girl was premature, and she had to undergo an emergency C-section at the NHS hospital, Frimley Park in Camberley. 

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

Meanwhile, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘MUST visit Queen with Lilibet’ as US travel ban is no longer an ‘excuse’.

And Meghan and Harry ‘looking to bring Lilibet & Archie to UK for Christmas’ and could stay in Frogmore Cottage to heal rift.

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