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Carole Middleton To Play Hands-On Grandma Role for Royal Baby

Image: Carole Middleton To Play Hands-On Grandma Role for Royal Baby Michael and Carole Middleton.

By Alexandra Ward   |   Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 11:51 AM

Even though it was her daughter who gave birth to the future king of England Monday, the focus soon shifted to Carole Middleton, who insiders say will play a key hands-on grandma role in raising the royal baby.

Carole and Michael Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge's parents, arrived at St. Mary's Hospital in London Tuesday to pay the royal baby his first visit and later told reporters the child is "absolutely beautiful," according to the BBC.

Prince William and Kate's son was born Monday afternoon after months of near-frenzied public anticipation.

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Carole Middleton is expected to play a central role in raising the baby, who is third in line to the throne after grandfather Prince Charles and father Prince William.

Kate is rumored to be bucking royal tradition by reportedly planning to stay at her parent's home in Berkshire following her discharge from the hospital. There, Middleton will have a very hands-on role as a grandmother.

"Kate is very close to Carole and an awful lot of young women, when they have had a baby, like being with their mum. I suspect that William not only approves of that idea, but may even be driving it," Penny Junor, author of biographies of both the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge, told The Telegraph. "He clearly adores the Middletons, I think he has looked at the Middleton model and seen what a happy family they are, how united they are and how they have fun together, and he would like to reproduce that."

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Insiders say Prince William isn’t interested in having a horde of nannies raise his son, and has made it clear that the Middletons, unlike previous generations of royal in-laws, won't be airbrushed out of the picture.

"Aware that his own mother had felt isolated and struggled to cope when she was sucked into the royal machine after her own marriage, [William] wanted the Duchess to be able to turn to her own family for support, and has been as good as his word," The Telegraph reported.

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