"This has been planned for some time," Swedish palace spokeswoman Margaret Thorgren confirmed


Princess Madeleine will fly to Sweden next week before giving birth to her third child in March — rather than deliver in her adopted hometown of London.

“This has been planned for some time,” Swedish palace spokeswoman Margaret Thorgren confirmed. “We’ve decided to go public with the information now.”

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Princess Madeleine, her husband Chris O’Neill and their kids Princess Leonore and Prince Nicolas in July 2017.
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“The birth is scheduled for March and the princess will be home in Stockholm next week with her family,” Thorgren told the Swedish journal Svenskdam.

“The Princess is doing well, but the birth may not be entirely straightforward,” Thorgren added, referencing Madeleine’s cancellation of a public appearance following acute backpain after she flew to Stockholm for the December 2017 Nobel Prize celebrations.

Madeleine, 35, and her husband, businessman Chris O’Neill, 43, missed the opportunity to meet Prince William and Kate Middleton when the British royal couple visited Sweden last month. The no-show was attributed by a court spokeswoman to concerns about the Madeleine’s pregnancy.

Princess Madeleine (far right) and her husband Chris O’Neill (second from right) are joined by (from left) Prince Daniel, Crown Princess Victoria, King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia at Sweden’s National Day reception in June 2017.
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The announcement ends speculation that the Swedish couple’s third child would, like the newest generation of British royal babies, be born at the Lindo Wing of London’s St. Mary’s Hospital.

Princess Madeleine’s first child, nearly 4-year-old Princess Leonore, was delivered at a private hospital in New York while her parents lived there. Two-and-a-half year old Prince Nicolas was born at Stockholm’s Danderyd Hospital.

Possibly to avoid criticism from Swedish taxpayers concerned about pressure on their national health service, Thorgren said that Madeleine would pay for private care while in Sweden.