Eugenie von York and her husband Jack Brooksbank have just announced very good news. On May 30th they became parents for the second time. After her two-year-old son August, the Queen’s granddaughter could now look forward to another boy: Ernest George Ronnie Brooksbank.
Her baby was born in the same clinic where her older son, herself and Sister Beatrice were born: the private Portland Hospital in London. Duchess Meghan also chose the VIP maternity clinic in 2019 when it came to the birth of son Archie. But it is no wonder that the clinic can look forward to so many royal patients. The hospital offers expectant mothers a lot of luxury around the birth.
Lobster, oysters and gift baskets: Eugenie’s luxurious maternity hospital
It starts with the rooms, which, according to the clinic, were designed to be particularly homely. They offer “space to feel safe and calm”. There are also luxurious care products from the “Molton Brown” brand and, of course, 24-hour room service, which anticipates and fulfills all of the ladies’ wishes. Once the baby is born, new mums can order a special menu, according to The Mirror: A chef who once worked there explained: “We can get foie gras, lobster and oysters if people want it. We have fantastic champagne, Dom Pérignon, if you want it.” There will also be a gift basket for the birth – filled with champagne, toys for the baby and a voucher for a photo shoot together.
That’s how much Eugenie von York had to pay for the private clinic
Of course, so much luxury has its price: a birth there should cost the equivalent of between 8,500 and 580,000 euros. Of course, it all depends on which birth package you book and how many extras you want. The average price for a stay is just under 35,000 euros. The special thing about Portland Hospital – and certainly an important reason why it is so popular with royals and stars: It is the only private hospital with an intensive care unit for newborns.
Luxury also for Princess Eugenie’s baby
Of course, the newly born babies do not have to lie in plastic beds in the exclusive private clinic, but can – if the parents wish – be bedded like on clouds. They can then sleep in Moses baskets (the equivalent of around 4,000 euros) and four-poster beds from the children’s furniture manufacturer “Dragons of Walton Street”. “We have celebrities and individuals with very high net worth and they’re used to getting what they want,” explains the hospital’s former executive director Janene Madden. “And if you want ten more rooms or 20 more rooms, we’ll provide them.” Eugenie and Ernest probably didn’t need that many rooms, but apparently the princess was very satisfied with her first experience at Portland Hospital, which is why the little Ernest was allowed to sniff a bit of luxury at the beginning of his life.