Kate Middleton pregnant: Duchess forced into devastating choice amid pregnancy fears

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The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly hoped to spend time with Michael and Carole Middleton at their house in Bucklebury, Berkshire. But as a result of “all sorts of security problems”, the now-38-year-old instead took Prince George back to the “secure, fortified” premises of Kensington Palace. Speculation continues to grow surrounding who will be the next mother within the Royal Family, with many claiming Kate could be the one to deliver the exciting news.

Experts argued that a recent appearance on the podcast ‘Happy Mum, Happy Baby’, where Kate discussed her privilege at being a mother to three children.

However, when she was first pregnant with George seven years ago, the hype surrounding the birth of the future heir led Kate to making a number of decisions, some against her wishes.

One included her apparent wish to spend the first six weeks after leaving hospital with George at the Middleton’s home in Bucklebury.

CNN’s royal correspondent Victoria Arbiter told ABC that the house was not ideal and instead Kate would need more security within Kensington Palace.

She added: “And as much as the in-laws get on well, it’s just hard to see the Queen popping round for tea to visit her great-grandchild at Carole Middleton’s home.”

Another wish Kate had was to give birth at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, an institute close to her parents.

But again, that desire was dashed as Ms Arbiter explained it was “not equipped to handle the security needs of the birth,” and that “the royals want the birth to be as easy on other patients at the hospital as possible”.

That was the reason behind the selection of St Mary’s Hospital, London, the same hospital Kate’s husband Prince William was welcomed into the world more than 30 years ago.

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Kate would give birth in the hospital’s iconic Lindo wing, which had previously seen new royal mothers step outside with their child for the first time.

Ms Arbiter advised that she and William would likely want to get out of the hospital and return to the homely setting of Kensington Palace as soon as possible.

She added: “Diana had William on June 21 and left June 22, and I’m sure William and Kate are hoping for something similar.

“If all goes well with the delivery, Kensington Palace gives them privacy and security without added worries.”

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Before George arrived, Kate was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital, London, in order to be treated for hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute morning sickness which requires supplementary hydration and nutrients in 2012

It had been hoped Kate would follow in other royals’ footsteps by giving birth at Kensington Palace, but due to her condition she was unable to.

Ms Arbiter concluded in 2013: “Kate will definitely give birth in a hospital, certainly if she is still enduring complications such as this.

“They’ll be keen for Kate to get the best care possible because ultimately she is carrying the heir to the throne.”

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