In case you missed the memo, the Royal Family aren’t like the rest of us.

Sure, there may be initiatives to make them seem more accessible and ‘normal’.

But their lives are dictated by edicts which are almost enough to make you feel a little sorry for them.

Take the Duchess of Cambridge , for example, who is due to give birth next month – possibly even on St George’s Day .

Even her childbirth plan will dictated by royal rules which have been in the family for decades.

These include having midwives sworn to secrecy, having a town crier announce the news of the baby’s arrival and the fact that Her Maj HAS to be the first one to know.

The first iconic picture of the Kate, William and a newborn Prince George

After all, knowledge is power.

Happily for Kate, there’s one bizarre rule which has been ditched for over 90 years now, but was very much in place when the Queen herself was born.

And it makes us feel a little uneasy.

The Home Secretary had to present at a royal birth.

Just imagine Amber Rudd cheering you on as you push a tiny human out of you…

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the newborn Princess of Cambridge as they leave the Lindo Wing
And welcoming the newborn Princess Charlotte

The now-defunct tradition dates back centuries and was established so the Home Secretary, as a senior member of the Cabinet, could make sure the baby was a genuine descendant of the monarch – rather than an “imposter baby” who’d been sneaked in.

If it sounds far-fetched, then spare a thought for King James II and Queen Mary Beatrice, victims of the ‘Warming Pan Scandal’ in the late 17th Century.

It reads like something from a Sunset Beach storyline.

While they were delighted at the birth of their new baby son (also called James) sneaky Hanoverian rival families spread a rumour that the newborn was actually an imposter.

They claimed the actual prince had been stillborn, and replaced with a new-born infant smuggled in to the birth chamber in a warming pan.

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Kate’s pregnancy looks

Last time a Home Secretary attended the birth of a future monarch was for the arrival of the Queen herself in 1926.

And we can’t really see it taking off again any time soon…

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