You would think being a Duchess would mean getting to gloss over some of life’s more painful experiences — such as being in labor for over nine hours. Alas, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and expectant mom of one the most anticipated babies in years must go through life biological necessities, just like the rest of us.
It was announced shortly after 2:30 a.m. today (Eastern Standard Time) that the Duchess had arrived at the hospital and was in labor. Now, nearly nine hours later, there’s been no word of a bouncing heir to the throne. (Though you can watch some rather hilarious live feeds from outside Kate’s hospital – like this one. It’s basically footage of local police standing around as various Londoners in backpacks walk past. It’s the Royal equivalent of watching paint dry.)
It isn’t unusual for first births to go on for hours and hours said Dr. Steven Laifer, chief of the section of obstetrics at Bridgeport Hospital. “It really depends on where she was in her labor where she was in her labor when she got to the hospital,” he said. “There’s a really wide range of time frames in which first-time moms deliver.”
Labor could take as long 23 to 24 hours, he said — or Kate could be unveiling the heir to the throne any minute now. Laifer said that, given who we’re talking about, Kate probably went to the hospital relatively early in the laboring process. “She’s Kate Middleton,” he said. “She’s not just going to sit around.”
So it’s possible that the Duchess might have some more hours ahead of her. Or not. But one thing’s for certain — a baby doesn’t care if you’re a Royal. It will come when it comes. Sorry, Kate.