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Having a baby in the US can cost parents royally

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Royal supporter Terry Hutt sits on a bench looking at his mobile phone in front of the Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother Wing, directly opposite The Lindo Wing of Saint Mary's Hospital in London on July 10, 2013. Prince William and his wife Catherine's baby, which will be third in line to the throne, will be born in the private Lindo wing of St Mary's Hospital, where William was born in 1982 and his brother Harry in 1984. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images) JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images

The royal baby has yet to move into his luxurious quarters at Buckingham palace, but his digs at the hospital aren't too shabby.  The duchess gave birth in the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary's hospital in London, which is the maternity ward of choice for royals. 

Princes William and Harry were born there, and it boasts every conceivable comfort for royal new moms, including a specially compiled wine list with all of the best champagnes. The cost of a suite in the Lindo wing is up to £10,000, or about $15,000.

But before you get too jealous, you should know that's actually not too much more extravagant than the average cost of child birth here in America. The U.S. is the most expensive country in the world to have a baby in.

Elisabeth Rosenthal, who covered this topic in June for a New York Times special report, joins the show with more. 

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