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Kate Middleton went into labor early Monday and as the world awaits the birth of a royal heir, new details regarding parenting methods have emerged.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 31, reportedly went into labor naturally and her husband Prince William, 30, is said to be by her side tending to her every need. The royal couple reportedly want their first child to have a normal upbringing despite the fact that he or she will be third in line to the throne, and subsequently they are expected to mirror the late Princess Diana's parenting method following their baby's birth, reports claim.
Diana, who was famously nicknamed "the people's princess" due to her humility and generosity, repeatedly broke royal tradition in order to give sons William and Harry a sense of normalcy.
"William and Harry were very, very fortunate with Diana as a mother because her ideas were so different to the previous generation. The importance of this to her two sons has been enormous. William will want this for his children," Princess Margaret's official biographer Christopher Warwick said according to Arabia MSN News.
"[Kate's] childhood was pretty ordinary," he continued adding. "She won't want her baby to be the subject of rules and protocol before they need to be."
Diana, who was described as being a very hands-on and "rebellious" mother, was often photographed walking her boys to school, which was unusual for royals. William also became the first heir to the throne to attend public school at his mother's request and she reportedly did her best to prepare him.
"Diana said to him in the car, 'Now listen, William, there's going to be a lot of photographers at your new school, so you need to behave yourself.' And he, in this sort of just William way, said to his mother, just below the pink cap, 'I don't like 'tographers,'" William's former personal bodyguard Ken Wharfe said, according to ABC News. "She said, 'Well, you're going to get this for the rest of your life.'"
Middleton is believed to have checked in to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's hospital in Paddington, West London, and a source revealed that the labor is "progressing well," according to Daily Mail UK.
Middleton's mother Carole will reportedly move in with the Duke and Duchess at Kensington Palace for a few weeks to assist with their newborn.
"From what you see of Kate she'll want her mother's help more than anyone's at first. She won't be forced to use nannies. But Carole won't be encouraged to stay with her for long," Wharfe told The Sunday Mirror.
"After that Kate will probably use the royal nanny more and as the child grows up they will have two nannies, one main one and one relief nanny, like William and Harry had," he added.
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