Barbara Walters is filmed walking through London with a Kate lookalike and outside Buckingham Palace for the ABC special which didn't offer any new information apart from some very interesting insights into where Baby Cambridge will be born by one of our favourite royal contributor's, the lovely Victoria Arbiter:
'The baby will be born at St. Mary's hospital in London, where Princes William and Harry were born. The royals will want the birth to be as easy on other patients at the hospital as possible, a goal most likely to be met at St Mary's. '
Victoria went on to explain the importance of security at the couple's chosen hospital.
'More important to the new family's security than a huge police presence would be simply getting home quickly. 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.
St Mary's hospital would seem a likely and convenient choice for the Duchess who is expecting her first baby in July. The hospital's private Lindo wing offers bathing suites and doctors with experience caring for "complex pregnancies" and provides care for over 9,000 women and their babies each year.
Victoria Arbiter also revealed William and Kate will follow tradition by leaving through the front door of the hospital allowing Baby Cambridge to be introduced to the world:
'The Royal Family likes to be as visible and accessible to their subjects as possible. This makes it tricky to protect against a lunatic in the crowd, but protection officers are always watching. When Diana died as a result of being chased by paparazzi, that really shut things up. The press will be respectful - nobody wants to get thrown out of the royal press pool.'
As for Kate's plans after she leaves hospital? There has been ongoing speculation in the media regarding the Duchess's plans to spend time with her parents in Bucklebury, Berkshire after the birth. That speculation was confirmed today by Kate's uncle Gary Goldsmith in this Telegraph interview:
'Kate's doing brilliantly in that role. She's made the Royal Family more accessible. And you throw a baby into that mix - they're going to do it fabulously. You just know that the baby is going to be introduced to the public fantastically well.
And the fact that they're taking the baby to Carole's for the first six weeks is genius. Carole's a brilliant mum - she is 10 years older than me and practised on me - and I think it's the right thing to do. It will take the pressure off Kate.
It has been reported Prince William plans to take paternity leave from the RAF when the baby is born and it will be quite nice for him and baby to enjoy their first few weeks in Bucklebury with the baby surrounded by the Middleton family and away from the media glare. No doubt it will be of enormous help to Kate to have Carole by her side for those all important first weeks.
The Telegraph reports Carole Middleton recently revealed her grandchild would be born until the star sign Leo - the star sign for those born between July 24 and August 23. Although on a recent engagement Kate said her due date was "mid July" which seems more accurate from what we've heard. With less than two months to go, preparations for a "modest nursery" have already been made. Last month Kate and Carole were photographed buying a Moses basket and the Duchess was spotted purchasing a blue Bugaboo.
As William and Kate's child gets a little older, a new and important figure will likely be introduced: a nanny. However the role of the royal nanny will be a very different one to previous generations. William and Kate will be very much hands on parents who will most likely avail of a nanny as little as possible.
What can the Cambridges expect from a nanny? Expert Rosemary Albone shared this:
'Regardless of the specific point in history, one thing that ties together the expectation of nannies, and especially one to a Royal family, is that absolute discretion is a non-negotiable part of the contract. Nannies see, hear, experience and become involved within families, and that privileged access is expected to be kept within the family group.'
William and Kate will have to keep with tradition whilst blending in their own modern touch.
'What's important is that whoever is charged to look after the little one will know the child and parents preferences very well. We may see more of the new baby as well because the role over the parents has changed over the years, as nannies would watch the children while their parents toured countries for extended periods. The Duke and Duchess will take their child on longer trips and tours.'
William and Harry shared a close and loving bond with their nanny Olga Powell. She was described as "loving but strict" and stayed with the Royal Family for fifteen years supporting them through incredibly difficult times and providing a caring presence during their formative years. Prince William attended Olga Powell's funeral last year and both he and Harry were very sad at her passing.
The Duke and Duchess are currently in Anglesey, where Kate was spotted grocery shopping at a local supermarket and William was seen rescuing a member of the public on a beach. Rumours are circulating that the Prince may be taking part in a polo match tomorrow (with thanks to Cambridge Watch). If so, it would be great if Kate and Lupo could attend. :)
Update: William will play a charity polo match today (Wednesday) at Chester Racecourse but Kate is not expected to attend.