Dateline | July 22, 2013
>> in recent months we certainly saw a lot of that baby bump with kate still keeping a busy public schedule. but we didn't hear much from her aside from an occasional photo op .
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>> there's a misconception about
kate that she's perhaps a bit
timid or a bit of a walkover.
she's just quietly confident
without being a show off.
she very much puts her foot down
when it comes to what she wants.
>> that quiet confidence may
come from her you neck
in fact, the arrival of this
royal baby marks a historic
moment for the british monarchy ,
bringing a new blood line into the house of windsor.
and it's not blue.
>> that is the huge change here.
>> rachel johnson is a columnist
for "the mail on sunday."
i mean, it's the alliance of the
royals with the middle classes .
>> unlike diana and other
princesses, kate does not come
from noblity, making her a
commoner by royal standards.
now she's the first commoner to
produce an heir to the throne in
more than 350 years, since ann
hyde in 1662 .
>> it's very useful to have
someone who's a so-called
commoner attached to someone royal .
i don't think she wants to be
bringing up overprivileged brats
who don't know which side their
bread is buttered.
>> that attitude in kate can be
traced to one person, her own
mother, 58-year-old carol
middleton , whose ancestors were
northern english coal miners .
>> she's going to be the only
grandmother and the only
grandmother to the future heir
to the throne.
>> carol has been a sturdy
presence for william and kate ever since they met.
and she played an active role in
the planning of that little
wedding two years ago.
although the commoner mother was
still learning the royal ropes.
>> one of the little incidents
that always remained with me was
when carol middleton came onto
the balcony with the queen,
prince philip and the newlyweds.
and she saw this throng of
people and she was kind of
overtaken by excitement.
and she starts waving.
then you could see out of the
corner of her eyes she's looking
at who's not waving.
she quickly puts her hand down.
>> the protocol.
>> a form flight attendant,
carol and her husband michael
built up their own party supply
company that would grow into
party pieces, an online business
that has made the middletons
>> i mean, anyone who can make 1
million pound selling party hats
on a web site , i mean, how does
she manage that?
>> through it all, carol was a
hands-on mother herself, raising
their three children, kate , pippa and james.
>> she was the mom who used to
take them to hockey matches and
very much be a soccer mom .
and i think kate will want to
replicate that because it has
given those three children a
very stable and normal base to build on.
>> and now with william and kate
relying on fewer palace staff,
there's speculation carol could
serve as a sort of royal super
nanny for this new baby.
>> what role do you think carol
will play in helping kathryn
bring up a little child ?
>> i think there's an unwritten
rule almost that the mother of
the mother always takes on a
significant role for the new parents.
i have no doubt she will take on
a significant role in both of
their lives and their newborn
>> their aunt pippa is expected
to take some royal babysitting shifts, too.
she reportedly hosted a baby
shower for kate last month, a
first for the royal family .
after her stunning appearance at
the wedding, she attracts her
but she and kate remain
>> these are two sisters from
the same glass.
they have the same aspirations,
the same hopes and the same
>> some british news papers
report kate could even spend
these first few weeks with the
baby at her family's new home in
the quaint village of
bucklebury, decamping to the
country to raise this child
would be quite a break from
>> that's highly unusual.
it's unique in actual fact.
>> what does that tell you?
>> it tells me that the
middletons really are entrenched
inside the royal family .
and they're seen as a very
capable and safe pair of hands.
and that the queen, prince
charles and the rest of them all
think that the middletons are
pretty good eggs.
>> and probably a good way to
shelter that child in those
first couple of weeks as well.
>> well, yes, and also to
that's the key.
carol middleton probably was of
an age when she read my book on
diana , and she read all the
missteps that were taken by the
palace and the difficulties that
charles faced and diana faced
with charles .
and she must feel, i'm not going
to let that happen to my
i'm going to protect my
>> and now with their new child,
her daughter and prince william
are preparing to lead this royal
family into the future.