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Royal Baby: Prince Harry will miss royal birth as he flies to Australia for official duties

Published 28/04/2015 | 09:34

(L to R) Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate Middleton
Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain poses with John Disley (L), Prince Harry (R) and her children after receiving the inaugural John Disley London Marathon Lifetime Achievement Award during the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Prince Harry has jetted to Australia, meaning he will miss the royal birth.

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The 30-year-old younger brother of Prince William is en route to Australia for a month-long post with the Army and will miss out on meeting his niece or nephew as Kate Middleton is days overdue.

The Duchess of Cambridge is believed to be three days overdue with the birth of her second child and is currently waiting it out at her apartment in Kensington Palace with the Duke of Cambridge and her mother Carole Middleton.

Harry will not return to the UK until mid-May and had been waiting as long as possible yesterday evening in the hope that Kate would go into labour.

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives to attend the Commonwealth Observance at Westminster Abbey
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives to attend the Commonwealth Observance at Westminster Abbey

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On Sunday, he was on hand to give out medals at the London Marathon.

It's reported that the royal couple are expecting the birth by Saturday, to take place at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital.

Meanwhile, the pair are also set to increase their security detail after the royal birth, according to the former Head of Security at Kensington Palace Ken Wharfe.

Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain poses with John Disley (L), Prince Harry (R) and her children after receiving the inaugural John Disley London Marathon Lifetime Achievement Award during the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain poses with John Disley (L), Prince Harry (R) and her children after receiving the inaugural John Disley London Marathon Lifetime Achievement Award during the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

He told Us Weekly: "Currently, William and Kate have a protection team, I would imagine, of somewhere in the region of about six and eight between them, with the resources calling upon additional security should they need it.

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"In amongst that team, you have an additional two people that will be solely responsible for the protection of George. When the new baby arrives, that security will be increased again by probably another one."

"Not that George, just over a year old, goes out on public duties, but there has to be extra security for obvious reasons. Because they will go out with nannies. That is what the royal family wants. They don't want them to be completely nursery-bound up until adulthood."

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with Prince George in 2013
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with Prince George in 2013

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