07.24.132:13 PM ET

Royal Baby’s Birth Cost Half of Average American’s Birth

Baby prince born at the fanciest wing of a private hospital.

The royal baby’s birth probably cost about $18,000 in the fanciest wing of a private British hospital, and he’s third in line for the throne. While some griped about the expense, compare it with the average cost of giving birth in the U.S.: $30,000 for a natural birth and $50,000 for a C-section. Insurance covers about $18,000 to $27,000 fo the cost. New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal brought attention to the issue by tweeting “What’s wrong here?” and linking to her article earlier this month about the high cost of chilldbirth in the U.S.