Kate Middleton Pregnant: Following in Diana's Footsteps

How will the Duchess of Cambridge fare as the mother of Prince William's child?
3:27 | 12/04/12

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Live from london, outside buckingham palace. And this morning, we remember princess diana, pregnant just four months after she and charles got married. And she tried to give her sons as normal an upbringing as possible. And in doing so, she has become quite the role model for kate. If kate has any doubt how to embrace motherhood in the coming months, she should look no further than the example set for her by prince william's mother. Princess diana set the gold standard. Diana lavished her boys with affection. And she was truly a loving parent. In many ways broke the mold of traditional royal parenthood. Reporter: Kate will be 31 when she gives birth. Diana was only 20 when she announced she was pregnant with william. The announcement came in november of 1981, just over three months after diana wed prince charles, in a wedding watched by the world. The press had begun to speculate that diana was pregnant weeks before the announcement. Notab notably, when she fell asleep sitting up, at a formal function. When it came to fashion, diana was the master, even while pregnant. Donning pieces that were FASHION-FORWARD FOR THE 1980s. And when it came to royal duty, diana showed she was ready to perform, pregnant or not. But while diana was thrilled to birth a royal, she would do it in a decidedly modern way. Prince william was the first royal baby to be born in a hospital. Reporter: Diana reportedly labored for 16 hours in london's st. Mary's hospital. And followed a natural childbirth plan, which included sucking on ice, with prince charles by her side. Word of william's birth was spread via a paper announcement attached to the gates of buckingham palace. From the beginning, diana insisted on keeping her infant son by her side. Prince william was the first royal baby that was brought along on a royal trip. She insisted she would be bringing him. She would not leave him behind. Part of the reason for that was she was breast-feeding, also very much unheard of amongst the royal family. Reporter: Two years later, when she gave birth to harry, her mothering style continued. She regularly played educational games with the boys in her nursery. And was actively involved in drop-offs and pickups at a day school in london. That was not okay with diana. Reporter: In later years, william and harry would call diana, quite simply, the best mother in the world. Those are some big maternal shoes to fill. But royal watchers predict kate is up to the challenge. I think william and kate's parenting styles may be similar to what diana did. And I think william and kate are going to follow that model, to do everything they can to ensure as normal a childhood as possible. But at the same time, educating their child for the future roles. I know it's a little early. But names are already being floated out there. And they may not surprise you. For a girl, we're hearing elizabeth. And for boys, charles or edward. And, yes. British bookies are in on the act. 6-1 odds that the royal baby is a redhead. Josh? I'll take those odds.

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