Prince William and Duchess Kate will soon be making their way back to the luxe Lindo Wing to welcome their third baby. While Prince George and Princess Charlotteeagerly await their new sibling, Hello! UK caught up with London native Katherine Filkins , 38, who gave birth to her daughter Isla at the very same wing of St. Mary’s Hospital just seven months ago – and it sounds divine!
This mother of two was treated to the royal experience at the private birthing wing, the same one that saw William and Kate welcomed both George and Charlotte. An afternoon tea is served to officially welcome the baby with a celebration, and shortly after, the new mom received a post-delivery massage and glasses of champagne to cheers the newborn.
The Lindo Wing’s services are on-point, Katherine revealed. “While the Lindo Wing was a functional hospital, it was a little bit like a hotel in terms of the service. You had really fancy toiletries, the quality of the food that you got was fantastic. There was a wine list, you could have had champagne if you wanted. Right after the birth, they bring you a delicious afternoon tea for you and your family.”
Martin Filkin’s wife, who was in labour for 81 hours before her C-section, added: "We were given birthing balls, we could lower the lights – they actually recommended that – and you had a midwife that was dedicated to you and your birthing, so she would come and check on you very regularly.” And it wasn’t just Katherine who benefitted from the luxurious treatment. “My husband was treated very well and they were more than happy to create a bed for him. He'd have a selection of meals to choose from the menu every day."
This was one lucky couple, because the day that she went into labour, the standard rooms were all booked. That meant a pretty sweet upgrade to a deluxe suite, which they were “led to believe was where the royals also stay.” Not too shabby!
"It was a very large room; we could have all of our relatives there the next day. We could be sat six people comfortably," Katherine recalled. "Within the Lindo Wing, I think pretty much anything goes in terms of your ante-natal care and afterwards, for example if you wanted a massage, you could have someone come in. If you wanted the baby to go to the nursery, they have a fantastic nursery. They were very keen and very happy for babies to go the nursery, which is something you don't have on the NHS, so if you want a bit of a break they take the baby away from you for a little while."
The darling couple even got the chance to pose in the exact same spot that Kate and William have chosen when introducing each new baby to the public. “We’re very chuffed that we were able to have the opportunity to give birth where the royals had had their babies as well,” Katherine beamed.