Harry to miss royal baby’s birth

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Published: Tuesday 28th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Prince Harry is on his way back to Australia, meaning he will miss the birth of the royal baby.

Harry is returning overseas to spend time with Australian Army units in Perth and Sydney before he embarks on an official tour of New Zealand from May 9 to May 16.

The prince had jetted in to the UK for a brief stay to present medals at the London Marathon on Sunday after a trip to Turkey for the Gallipoli centenary commemorations.

But the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s second child – Harry’s niece or nephew – declined to make an appearance before the prince headed back Down Under. Harry is now not expected to meet the baby until at least mid-May.

William and Kate’s baby – fourth in line to the throne, the Queen’s fifth great-grandchild and a younger brother or sister for Prince George – is due any day now amid reports he or she may even be overdue.

Bookmaker Coral has odds of 5/1 that the baby will arrive on the Duke and Duchess’s fourth wedding anniversary tomorrow, but said most punters believe the newest addition to the royal family will still arrive in April, rather than in May.

Coral’s Nicola McGeady said: “Punters are now guessing the royal baby’s month of birth rather than the date of birth after the weekend gamble folded, with the odds suggesting that Kate will give birth sooner rather than later.”

The chance of the baby arriving on the same day as the General Election – May 7 – is put at 16/1.

Bookmaker Paddy Power said one customer has placed a £5,000 bet on a May Day birth at odds of 9/1 and stands to win £50,000 if the gamble proves correct and Kate delivers a son or daughter on Friday.

The Duchess, who plans to give birth at the exclusive Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, said her baby was due to arrive mid to late April.

Fewer than one in 20 women give birth on their due date. On the NHS, induction is offered to women who go two weeks overdue.

Published: Tuesday 28th April 2015 by The News Editor

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