Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild. It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy.
Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.
The Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, where the Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth, is an exclusive private facility offering "bespoke care packages".
Fully refurbished in 2012, the wing describes itself as having offered "leading private obstetric and neonatal care for 60 years".
It has private en suite rooms designed to provide "comfort and privacy". Deluxe rooms and suites are also available.
A normal delivery package including a one-night stay costs £4,965, with an extra night in a deluxe room costing £1,050, plus consultant's fees which can come to around £6,000, depending on the care required, meaning a two-night stay can cost more than £12,000.
A suite of two rooms, with one used as a living room, costs £6,265 for a one-night stay with normal delivery and £2,200 for each extra night, meaning a two-night stay, with consultant fees of an estimated £6,000, would cost around £14,465.
Each room has a satellite TV with major international channels, a radio, a safe, a bedside phone and a fridge.
The expectant mother and her visitors can access the internet via wifi and there is a choice of a daily newspaper delivered to the room each morning. Toiletries are also provided.
All meals are freshly prepared in a dedicated kitchen and tea and coffee is provided for mothers and guests throughout the day.
The wing also offers a "comprehensive wine list should you wish to enjoy a glass of Champagne and toast your baby's arrival".