Cocaine Traces Found In Hospital Wing Near Where Kate Middleton Is Set To Give Birth

By McCarton Ackerman 05/01/15

The traces were found in the publicly accessible bathroom next door to where the Duchess is about to give birth.

Kate Middleton

With Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton set to give birth any day now and hundreds of people waiting outside St. Mary’s Hospital for any news, a British gossip rag has reported that traces of cocaine were found at the hospital just yards from where she will have her second child.

The Daily Mirror reported finding cocaine traces on a toilet lid in one of the publicly accessible areas of the hospital. The toilet was located in the Cambridge Wing, just next to the Lindo Wing maternity ward at the hospital where Middleton is residing.

A spokesperson for Kensington Palace said the report was “a matter for the hospital.” Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust said that “we take the safety of our patients and staff extremely seriously ... if there are signs that a person is abusing substances on one of our sites, we will take immediate action to address this.”

However, St. Mary’s is one of the largest public facilities in the UK and covers the equivalent of a New York City block, with 495 beds in total. By contrast, the Lindo Wing is privately operated and is sealed off from the rest of the facility by sturdy brick walls. The maternity unit in the wing consists of just 16 rooms. No traces of drugs were found in Middleton's wing.

It’s highly unlikely that any drugs would be found near Middleton given her activism work to help fight drug addiction. In January 2012, she became the patron of British charity Action on Addiction, which provides treatment centers across England and runs programs that give support to addicts’ families. She also launched a counseling program for the children of addicts in April 2013 called M-PACT. Middleton has visited a dry bar in Liverpool, toured a UK treatment center and visited recovering addicts as part of her work.

“I feel fortunate to have met a wide range of inspirational people who have overcome addiction. But those who are addicted are not the only victims. I have been struck by the profound and deeply damaging impact it has on the children of affected parents,” she said during an M-PACT visit in 2013. “My hope is that through this specialist and targeted delivery of care, these children will have the best possible start in life—the one that they deserve."

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.