Mum’s little princess shares big royal day

A baby girl born to Rachel Gatley at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on the same day as the Royal baby
A baby girl born to Rachel Gatley at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on the same day as the Royal baby
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A mother who used to work for Prince Charles and has met Prince William gave birth to her daughter on the same day as the new royal prince.

And the birth experience was even more special for Rachel Gatley because she was suffering from cancer during her first pregnancy four years ago.

A baby girl born to Rachel Gatley at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on the same day as the Royal baby

A baby girl born to Rachel Gatley at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on the same day as the Royal baby

Mrs Gatley, who lives in Chiltern Road, Wendover, with her husband Brent and three-year-old son Luke, used to work for the Prince’s Trust as a public relations manager.

She said: “I was at one event where I met William just before he started university at St Andrew’s. He was very shy and his father, like any dad, was making jokes that William didn’t like getting up early in the mornings.”

Now Mrs Gatley jokes she will have to ensure her daughter gets good A-levels and goes to the right university so that she might meet the newborn prince, just like his parents did when they were both studying at the Scottish university.

Unlike most expectant mums Mrs Gatley welcomed the experience of labour and said: “I was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, which is cancer of the lymph nodes, when I was seven months pregnant with my son.

A baby girl born to Rachel Gatley at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on the same day as the Royal baby

A baby girl born to Rachel Gatley at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on the same day as the Royal baby

“So I was given a Caesarean at eight months so that I could then be treated.

“So labour was a new experience for me this time, which I welcomed.

“Although I quickly asked for an epidural!”

Mrs Gatley started labour at 4am on Monday before the Duchess of Cambridge had left Kensington Palace for St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.

A baby girl born to Rachel Gatley at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on the same day as the Royal baby

A baby girl born to Rachel Gatley at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on the same day as the Royal baby

But by the time Mrs Gatley was admitted to Stoke Mandeville Hospital just after 2pm she knew the royal baby was also on the way.

Ever since Mrs Gatley found she was expecting her second child around the same time as the royal baby she said a lot of people asked if she was going to try to give birth on the same day as the Duchess.

“But I said it was up to the baby when it decided to come!” said Mrs Gatley.

“And by that stage on Monday I was too busy concentrating on my own labour to think about Kate.”

When her little girl’s heartbeat started to slow, hospital staff decided Mrs Gatley may need an emergency Caesarean and she was taken down to theatre.

“But then it all happened very quickly and I delivered naturally in the theatre,” said Mrs Gatley. “It was a bit unexpected but very exciting.”

Mrs Gatley’s husband Brent, who works in marketing in High Wycombe and comes originally from New Zealand, was with her throughout the labour and delivery.

Now they have a beautiful 9lb baby daughter, as yet un-named, to add to their family. “Today’s task is to decide on a name,” said Mrs Gatley.

“We like alliteration, so we’re looking at names that begin with L – maybe we will choose Lauren.”

Mrs Gatley is also enjoying the experience of breastfeeding her daughter, as she was only allowed to do this for a very short time after the birth of her son, so that she could begin her cancer treatment.

She said: “It is helpful for people to know that you can recover from this. And it was so good to have a normal labour and delivery.”

Mrs Gatley confirmed she would be checking Facebook.com/theroyalmint to apply for a special commemorative silver penny.

According to traditional folklore, crossing the palm of a new born baby with silver or offering them a silver penny, is a way of wishing them a wealthy and healthy life.

The Royal Mint is giving away 2,013 coins to babies born on the same day as the royal prince.