What Life Will Look Like for Royal Baby

$2M wardrobe, 'dull meals,' and maybe even a twin sibling

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 4, 2012 10:52 AM CST

(Newser) – Royal-watchers are ravenous for news about the forthcoming progeny of Prince William and wife Kate, so E! and other sites take a look at what life will be like for the soon-to-be third in line to the British throne:

  • He or she will be welcomed with tolling bells, cannons, and bonfires. Yes, really.
  • His or her last name will be the same as William's. Which is Mountbatten-Windsor, for those not in the know.
  • If she's a girl, her name will probably include "Diana." But it most likely won't be her first name, just one of many, the Atlantic Wire points out. Europe's largest betting firm is already taking bets, reports People.
  • Kate will probably breastfeed the little one. That might seem obvious, but up until Princess Diana, British royals typically used wet nurses.

  • There may (or may not) be a nanny. But just one, and any royal siblings may share. (A far cry from the two to four nannies per child some American celebrities use.) However, sources tell the Daily Beast that Kate plans to be a full-time mom and doesn't want a nanny, an idea that initially shocked Prince Charles. She may, however, have a maternity nurse for the first few weeks.
  • Speaking of royal siblings, Kate may be having twins. Medical experts say hyperemesis gravidarum, the severe form of morning sickness that caused Kate to be hospitalized, is linked to having twins, Radar reports.
  • Kate wants her child to lead as "normal" a life as possible. Even so, that "normal" life will likely include a $2 million wardrobe in the first year alone, according to an expert who has dressed royals in other countries. But another expert notes that those clothes will probably be "sensible," and that royal babies are typically brought up with "few parties, not too many toys, and very dull meals."

Britain's Prince William leaves the King Edward VII hospital where his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted with a severe form of morning sickness, central London, Dec. 3, 2012.
Britain's Prince William leaves the King Edward VII hospital where his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted with a severe form of morning sickness, central London, Dec. 3, 2012.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
In this Sept. 17, 2012, photo, Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, listen to a village chief who makes a speech after they arrived at Marapa Island, Solomon Islands.
In this Sept. 17, 2012, photo, Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, listen to a village chief who makes a speech after they arrived at Marapa Island, Solomon Islands.   (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, Pool, File)
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