‘We got there first with our own lit­tle prince!’

Sil­ver penny

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - New Arrivals - By Tim Collins

tcollins@thek­m­group.co.uk A “prince” born just hours be­fore the Royal baby has been given the name book­ies are say­ing is the most likely for the third in line to the throne.

Ash­ford par­ents Ka­tri­ona Sharp, 32 and hus­band David, 47, gave birth to their son Ge­orge at 1.19pm on Mon­day, al­most ex­actly three hours be­fore the Royal birth at 4.24pm.

The cou­ple, from Park Farm, Kingsnorth, have two other sons, Char­lie, six, and Tom, four.

Book­mak­ers were giv­ing odds of 2/1 as the Ken­tish Ex­press went to press yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day), that the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge would also fol­low the cou­ple in their choice of name.

But Kat, as she is known, says that the re­gal con­nec­tions of the name Ge­orge are just a co­in­ci­dence.

“Both of my other sons have very tra­di­tional names, and Ge­orge had been on our short­list for some time,” she said.

“It would be a re­ally big co­in­ci­dence if Kate and I went into labour at the same time AND chose the same name.

“But we’ve set the trend re­ally, and we can say that we got there first!”

Ge­orge was born by Cae­sarean sec­tion at the Wil­liam Harvey Hos­pi­tal in Ash­ford, so his par­ents knew the ex­act day he would be born.

He was one of 24 chil­dren born in hos­pi­tals across east Kent on the same day as the Royal prince.

That Kate would go into labour on the same day was a stroke of luck, but one that the Sharps say they rel­ish.

“It’s a once in a life­time ex­pe­ri­ence,” Kat added.

“David has joked that per­haps our lit­tle prince will grow up to be Prime Min­is­ter some day. A friend of mine has also sug­gested that we should meet up with Kate and the baby for a play date.

“We’ve al­ways said that what­ever our chil­dren choose to do with their lives and ca­reers, we just want them to be happy. There’s ob­vi­ously a lot more pres­sure on Wills and Kate and their child.”

The cou­ple have been fol­low­ing the Royal baby de­vel­op­ments in the news.

About the new par­ents, Kat said: “We watched the footage of Kate com­ing out of hos­pi­tal, and she was look­ing very glamorous, which isn’t re­ally the re­al­ity of a woman who’s just given birth.

“They’re both go­ing to be feel­ing sleep de­prived and her hor­mones will be all over the place.

“But they will also be feel­ing sheer joy ev­ery time they look at their baby, you can spend hours just star­ing at your new­born.” All ba­bies born on the same day as the new prince can ap­ply for a free sil­ver penny made by the Royal Mint.

The mint is giv­ing away 2,013 coins in ei­ther a pink or blue pouch for ba­bies born on the same day as the Royal baby.

If par­ents miss out on one of the free coins, they can also pur­chase one - for £28.

Kat also says that she has high hopes for the new gen­er­a­tion of Royals.

“We could see that Kate was a bit ner­vous when she passed the baby to Wills, which is typ­i­cally over-pro­tec­tive of a new mother. But Wills seemed to just take it in his stride,” she said.

“From what we’ve seen and read in the me­dia, it seems he’s go­ing to be re­ally hands on.

“A gen­er­a­tion ago the mother did all the work, but I can pic­ture Wills knee deep in nap­pies and 2am feeds, a much more mod­ern type of par­ent. That’s not some­thing I can imag­ine of Prince Charles.

“I think it’s nice he will be so in­volved and I just hope that in th­ese early days they can shut them­selves away for now and en­joy be­ing a fam­ily.”

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@ thek­m­group.co.uk

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM2713223 Buy pic­tures from ken­ton­line.co.uk

David and Kat Sharp with baby Ge­orge and their sons Char­lie, six and Thomas, four

HOS­PI­TALS: Wil­liam Harvey and St Mary’s Hos­pi­tal, Padding­ton

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