Harry and Meghan paid a king's ransom for Lilibet's birth!
For the delivery of their daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the royal couple left nothing to chance. Because of their status as public figures, the parents prepared a birth plan which covered a number of issues that other parents don't have to consider at all.
Speaking to People, an insider reports that the couple looked at several hospitals in advance to find the ideal place for their daughter to be born.
In the end, they chose the luxury Santa Barbara Cottage hospital, with a source saying, "Meghan loves that it's female-founded."
Her delivery was attended simultaneously by two specialist doctors, with Dr. Melissa Drake attending on site and Dr. Gowri Motha joining her from the UK.
Dr. Motha previously attended the birth of son Archie (2) at London's Portland Hospital.
Meghan and Harry plan to stay out of the public eye with daughter Lilibet for now
In addition to excellent medical care, the Duchess also focused on security, privacy, and sufficient space.
For this, a whole contingent of specialists was ordered: "They had a big security team that the hospital needed to accommodate".
The couple experienced the crushing costs of childbirth in America, with the average expense in California being about $26,000 without complications. Given that the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital offers room service and far more amenities than other hospitals, that total was likely far higher.
The cost of the security team also added significantly to the bill.
"Meghan and Harry are both very grateful for how smoothly everything went," the source told People. "They were able to enjoy the birth in peace."
Going forward, things are expected to be a little quieter for the family. In the coming months, they want to withdraw from the public for the time being to enjoy the time with their children.
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