14/08/2014 12:52 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Royal Baby Due: Kate Spends Due Date With Her Parents - And William Plays Polo!

Royal baby due: Kate spends due date with her parents - and William plays polo!

As the world waited for news of the Royal baby, Kate Middleton escaped to her parents' house at the weekend to relax and be pampered - while dad-to-be Wills played polo!

The whole of Britain has been on tenterhooks waiting for the Duchess of Cambridge to go into labour, but, typically, Kate is as cool as a cucumber – despite the baking heat – and even urged Prince William to go and play polo.

For the last few months, we've all been living in the belief that Saturday was the day Kate , 31, was due to give birth at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London.

But, according to the Sunday People, instead she was 53 miles away relaxing with her mother Carole and father Michael in Bucklebury, Berks.

And Prince William was across the county border in Hampshire. He and Prince Harry, 28, were at Sydmonton Court to take part in the Kent and Curwen Royal Polo Cup in aid of the Tusk Trust and Sentebale, charities they support.

A royal source told the newspaper: "It was William who said he'd be by Kate's side at her mum's but she urged him to play polo.

"Of course, it's a big thing to be having your first baby but for the moment Kate wants to lead as normal a life as possible.

"William has been booked to play at these matches for some time and she thinks he is right to still go.

"It's not that far from Kate or the hospital and she feels fine, so she's told him to go.

Royal baby due: Kate spends due date with her parents - and William plays polo!

"But Wills is just like any other new dad - he's torn between doing something he loves and wanting to do the right thing by his wife.

"But he'll be at the birth, no question. If needs be, he could have a police escort and be back in London in just over an hour."

Kate's decision to visit Carole, 58, and Michael, 64, quashes any idea the baby was officially due this weekend.

An insider said: "Kate wanted to spend what will probably be her last weekend before the baby is born having a normal time with her family.

"She wanted to get away from the stuffiness of Kensington Palace while William played polo.

"She and William are very much the modern royals - she wanted a break from London to spend a sunny weekend in the garden with her family.

"She's very excited about the baby's arrival - but it won't be just yet."