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saying i hate to see you sad, mummy. >> she is the shy commoner who finally fit the glass slipper. >> she is not somebody who has grown up in a castle or a palace. >> through their rocky courtship -- >> they're going to get married or they're not going to get married. make your mind up. >> and royal wedding. now the real work begins. to raise an heir to the throne, to modernize the monarchy. to learn how to be "will and kate plus one."
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it was the moment the world had been waiting for. the most talked about courtship of the century. after a decade-long romance, kate middleton and prince william finally tie the knot in a fairy tale wedding. thousands watched outside the church. middleton family friend john haley was sitting in the front row. >> i was off away from everybody, from the queen, prince philip, charles, all the royal family. and it was just amazing. >> kind of a pinch yourself moment? >> it was. i couldn't believe it. you knew they were coming because the roar just came through the abbey. you could hear it from outside. and then when kate and her dad come in, wow, that sent tingles
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all through your body. >> it felt like a wonderful country wedding. >> lady elizabeth anson was sitting just rows behind her cousin, queen elizabeth. >> a huge amount of atmosphere in the church, a huge amount of love in the church, which actually just happened to be a royal wedding. >> a royal wedding that would mark a new era for the british monarchy, and a new way of doing things, with william and kate breaking tradition almost every step of the way. >> they did everything themselves. i mean, which kind of canopy they wanted, what kind of flower they want, all of that was personally chosen by them. and i think that was the first time it happened in the royal family. >> westminster abbey is where it all officially began for the duke and duchess of cambridge. billions watched as william and kate married here back in april 2011. and almost immediately after the couple said i do, the speculation began. when would the next royal baby
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arrive? >> because the one job kate had to do immediately after the wedding was get pregnant. >> author katie nichol has been writing about the royal family for the last decade. >> she had to secure the line of succession. we were always going to be on bump watch. >> but in true william and kate style, they did it their own way, waiting and choosing to enjoy time as newlyweds before starting a family. >> it's a breach of royal tradition. you look at diana and you look at the queen. they were both pregnant within i think three and six months of being married. even their honeymoon was different. what royal newlyweds usually do is to go off to balmoral which is the queen's scottish residence. but they decided they would not go with scotland. they would go to the seychelles instead. >> it really shows how thoughtful they are and they do things their way. you can see their voice and
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their opinion, pretty much all of their life choices. >> i think this is a very modern royal couple. >> and a royal couple desperate to be normal. william and kate would delay taking on full-time roles as working royals and spend their first years of married life in a rented farmhouse on the remote welsh island of anglesey. they live near this beach, right? >> they're about a few miles behind us. >> ewan hughes is the head of tourism. >> their house is pretty normal. it's not spectacular in the way people would expect. they're not living in a castle or a mansion. >> windswept, remote, incredibly beautiful, secluded. and that gives them privacy. and that's most important. >> it really couldn't be further from the life that they will be facing and living hen they're back in london.
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>> yes. >> the pressures, the job, and the paparazzi. >> that's why it is a utopia for them. ♪ >> kate and william are often seen around town, enjoying a pint, browsing the shops, or even picking up groceries. in fact, locals call the duchess a pretty savvy shopper, known to make meat pies and homemade gravy for william. >> immediately after their wedding day, what did we see? we saw kate pushing a shopping trolley around the car park of her local supermarket. it doesn't get more ordinary than that. and that's their stamp. that's their imprint. >> even on the world stage, the couple would at times appear very unroyal, like at this dragon boat race in canada during their first official overseas visit. >> you could see the look of excitement on her face as she got into the boat and was ready to helm. and also the look of frustration that william had beaten her. >> she truly did look frustrated that she was defeated. >> this is a couple that can't finish again with tennis because
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they're so competitive. but he gave her a hug. and actually that moment was also really significant, because you don't see royals cuddling. you just don't see it. be these two are not afraid of breaching royal protocol and actually showing the world, you know what? we're really happy together. >> after their first year of marriage, while william served as a search and rescue pilot with the air force, kate slowly stepped out for royal engagements on her own, choosing charities to support like east anglia's children's hospices. >> about 400 families we look after. >> reporter: this is the organization's executive director. >> on that first visit, her approach was just so natural. it's as if she was blind to the disability, but could see the child. and that's, of course, takes some skill. >> the spotlight was absolutely fixed on her every engagement that she carried out. the world was watching. >> her true test would be her
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first official speech, one she gave for the charity. >> i feel hugely honored to be here to see this wonderful center. >> there were six, seven satellite vans in our car park. it was going around the world. >> i'm only sorry that william can't be here today. >> i think she did a very good job. it really can't be easy to do that with that much pressure on you. >> bye-bye! ♪ >> but there was perhaps no greater pressure on kate those first years than to produce an heir. >> i think there was a level of surprise that it had taken quite some time. >> and it took no time for bump watch to kick in to high gear. >> every time she wore a dress that was a little flowy, every time she put her clutch in front of her waist. i mean the examples upon examples of all of the speculation, everything. she wouldn't eat peanut paste. so she was pregnant. >> i was there on that trip in copenhagen.
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i remember it was a discussion amongst the reporters there. why is she not eating peanut paste? it was just relentless. >> when kate finally did get pregnant, she couldn't hide it. the duchess was admitted to this hospital with acute morning sickness last december. then the palace had no choice but to announce the pregnancy, though she wasn't even 12 weeks along at the time. >> i think it took everyone by surprise. it wasn't just the announcement of a pregnancy, it was the announcement that the duchess is seriously sick. >> later, a pregnancy in jeopardy. >> it affected kate particularly badly. >> but first, growing up for prince william, a childhood marked by tragedy and scandal. no! we're good! this is your first time missing a payment. and you've got the it card, so we won't hike up your apr for paying late. that's great!
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a fairy tale wedding.
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a much anticipated baby. this was the story of charles and diana. june 21, 1982. the couple welcomed prince william arthur phillip louie. >> may we see your son, your royal highness? >> the world just rejoiced and i think it's great they emerged from the hospital and were showing themselves to be modern royals. >> from the start, william's life was one contrast after another. a future king of a 1,000-year-old monarchy, raised in an entirely new way. lana marks was princess diana's close friend and confidant. >> william was raised very differently than the previous generations of royals in that though he did have official royal nannies, diana fulfilled much of that role herself in taking the boys everywhere,
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collecting them from school, taking them on vacation. >> being raised as an ordinary boy rather than a prince. >> diana really did break that mold. >> she did. >> prince charles, the way he was raised, very different than how his sons were raised. >> yes. charles was raised by governesses. he didn't see his parents for the first few months of his life. >> in those early months and years, william was often seen by his parents' side. as heir to the throne that also meant growing up in the public eye. from the moment he was born, prince william was in the spotlight every time he left the protective grounds of kensington palace, cameras followed. >> i remember william's first day of pre prep school in north london. >> ken wharf was a bodyguard for diana and her sons for more than seven years. >> diana said to him, william,
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when we get to school, there are going to be lots of photographers. and he said, you know, i don't like tographers in this very williamesque way. we arrived at the school and there outside the school were about 120, 130 photographers, waiting for william's first day at school. what she was trying to say to william, look, you have to live with this, you're going to get this for the rest of your life. >> for william, it would be a life-long struggle, walking the line between a desire for privacy and the very public duties of growing up royal. and it would only get worse. william was just a boy when his parent's rocky relationship spiraled into a global scandal. >> william became sort of the fixer. he loved both of his parents. he wanted everybody to be happy together. >> christopher anderson wrote the book, "william and kate, a
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royal love story." >> here's this little boy when her mother locks herself in the bathroom after an argument with charles and she's sobbing and here is this little 7-year-old william slipping tissues under the door saying i hate to see you sad, mummy. >> as william got older, diana made sure he was prepared for all the scrutiny he would face. >> william was old enough to read the papers, although the headmaster at the school made a point of keeping them out of his reach. >> did he really? >> yeah, he did, in order to protect them. but then william moved to eaton and you couldn't hide newspapers from william and the other boys. they were interested. he wasn't just a son, i think. over time he became a confidante to diana. so he took an awful lot on. >> it is announced from buckingham palace that with regret, the prince and princess have decided to separate. >> by august 1996, william's parents finally divorced.
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yet even in the midst of living in this fish bowl of tragedy, scandal, and speculation, there were many moments of normalcy. >>hey would sit watching tv and munch potato chips. she would take them to mcdonald's. she would do regular things with the boys, and she would hug them and kiss them and show them affection. >> as a teen, william was coming into his own, learning to live in the public eye, and living out the lessons his father and mother taught him. >> this was a woman who insisted on taking her children out of the palace into hospitals, into hospices to meet the homeless, to do the serious, gritty work that a royal should do, and i think also charles deserves credit, as well. because he's also always been very proactive. >> and just as the dust settled on the divorce -- >> this is cnn breaking news. >> an unspeakable tragedy. >> the french government has
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informed all of us that princess diana has died. >> a high speed pursuit by the paparazzi, and the fatal crash in a paris tunnel that killed princess diana, taking william's mother from him at the age of 15. >> he was at that quite difficult transition stage of adolescent, boy going into manhood. and to not have his mother there, the person who he could always count on, who he absolutely adored i think is a loss that he will feel forever. >> after the very public funeral, william withdrew. and not long after the palace and the press forged an unspoken agreement, giving both william and harry space and privacy. the world got quick glimpses, although all carefully choreographed by the palace. so william grew up and quietly
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began dating. >> he began dating some of the more beautiful ladies. he tried an online romance with britney spears at one point that never really got off the ground. >> but playful young romances aside, william knew finding a mate would be serious business. he would have to find a woman willing to put up with the relentless scrutiny. and to do that, he would once again have to break from royal tradition. >> she's not an aristocrat. she's not somebody who has grown up in a palace or a castle. she is one of the few girls from a work class background. >> when we come back, the making of the woman who would be queen. ♪ my insurance company told me not to talk to people like you. you always do what they tell you? no... try it, and see what your good driving can save you.
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♪ bucklebury berkshire, the quiet english countryside. gentle rolling hills, quaint country pubs. it's the place kate middleton calls home. >> wherever you go, it's fabulous around here. there's two pubs in the village, and there's a church, and that's all. >> john haley owns one of those pubs. what is the community like? would you say people keep to themselves or is it tight knit and everyone knows everybody's business? >> there's a good mix. no, nobody knows anybody else's business, but they do look after each other. >> haley has known the middletons for 16 years.
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>> they're just part of the community, and they mix well, and they've got loads of friends because they've been here many, many years. so they're just like any other family. they're just a great family. >> carol goldsmith and michael middleton met while working for a british airline. they married in 1980. the oldest of three children, kate was born in 1982. what i heard from other folks is she was as normal as normal could be. she came from a normal upbringing like you or i. >> just a normal working class family. they're both workers, the parents, carol and mike, so just a normal working family. >> kate was baptized at this church. she was a brownie in the local scout group and loved being in school plays. such a normal ordinary childhood for a woman in line to one day be queen. >> i think they were a family that always did things together. they enjoyed nice holidays. they drove nice cars. but it wasn't always the case.
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they came from pretty modest upbringing, a modest start in life. and it was really because of carol's desire to improve their position and to build that family business. >> they sold supplies for children's parties and soon spun it into an online internet empire worth millions. >> it was carol who saw that this business really had legs to grow. and of course, when that happened and there was money in the bank, they decided to invest in their children's education. >> as the middletons saw success, they sent their kids to private schools. kate was 13 when she came here to down house, arriving confident, happy. but that would soon change. >> she went in at the age of 13 rather than 11. most of the girls had started at 11. so they were already -- >> they already had their circles. >> they kid. and it was very difficult for her to find her feet. >> she became the victim of the mean girls in the school. there was malicious gossip about
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her background. because she was one of the very few girls from a working class background attending that school. >> carol middleton wasted no time. she immediately switched kate to a boarding school. >> marlborough was a big school. >> ali baines went to school with kate. >> boarding schools, if they're not happy, are miserable. there's very few in between. >> for kate, it was a tough start. >> you have to forget the glossy finessed image of the duchess of cambridge that you see on the television, and remember particularly as a young woman, she was quite shy. she was quite introverted compared to pippa who was outgoing and sociable. kate was much quieter. she was a different character, and it took some drawing out of her shell. >> carol middleton once again stepped in. >> her mother set out to
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transform her. she combed out her lush hair, she got her wearing makeup for the first time. so when she reappeared in school, it was a new person. >> it was here where kate really came out of her shell. popular, athletic and a serious student. but she also had a bit of a wild side. according to one friend, she was known to moon the boys from her dorm window, earning her the nickname, kate middlebum. >> reasonably happy at school. it was great fun, and she was a very pretty girl. >> yet kate didn't date much, and despite her denials, many who knew her then insist she set her sights much higher than her prep school classmates. >> i talked to too many friends who said yes, she always had this picture over her bed, a picture of william in fishing gear. so she did have her sights set on him like a lot of young women her age. >> winter 2000, kate would come close to meeting her prince.
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after her graduation, both kate and william traveled to chile with the same youth volunteer group. but they just missed each other. malcolm sutherland was their expedition leader. >> i think it's incredible for a start the fact that william and kate didn't even know each other. this is kate sitting in front. >> for both, it was hard work. they helped build buildings, teach english, even clean toilets in the same small town in chile. >> kate's tough. she's a sporty fit lady. she knew what she was about. she knew how to look after herself. >> while kate missed william that winter, chris andersen says carol middleton made sure that wouldn't happen again. >> originally kate wanted to go to edinburgh university. when it was announced by the palace that william would be attending st. andrews university, enrollment among women in st. andrews jumped
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overnight by over 40%. >> so many believe that kate was among one of those women, thanks to her mother's gentle nudge. >> in kate's case, did she nudge her toward a relationship with the future king of england? yes, and why not? you know, because by putting her in products commitment to william, magic happened. >> when we come back, william falls in love at a lingerie show. >> he suddenly realized his friend was actually very hot. ♪ ♪ yep, everybody knows that. well, did you know some owls aren't that wise? don't forget i'm having brunch with meghan tomorrow. who? meghan, my coworker. who?
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and go for it. >> and at st. andrews, william would get protection from the press. >> he agreed to give a number of televised interviews during his school years at st. andrews. >> i am pretty normal. >> but apart from those occasions, he was to be left in peace. >> i met him as soon as we arrived. and incredibly, quickly, this group of friends formed. >> jules knight became one of william's closest friends. >> there were no real heirs and graces, if you like. for me, he was just another guy. he's a very down-to-earth, normal guy. >> one of the first girls to join their circle of friends, the equally down to earth and normal kate middleton. >> i got to know her pretty early on. she was a very delightful girl, very charming. >> maybe a bit shy, show, when
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meeting the first future king of england. >> i turned bright red and sort of scuttled off, feeling very shy about meeting you. >> william invited friends to his dormitory room and she did this automatic courtesy, and he spilled his drink on himself. and they became friendly. >> sally's is where they lived freshman year. they quickly became friends, bonding over their love of art history and during early morning swims in the local pool. another connection, a shared sense of humor. >> she's got a really awesome sense of humor, which helps me because i have a very dry sense of humor. so it was good fun. we had a good laugh. >> but it wasn't all fun for william. >> he had all the same stresses and pressures as every student does. >> charles warren was one of his professors. >> he was panicking about approaching deadlines and struggling like most of the students do. >> and actually he did seem a bit low and unhappy. i remember distinctly thinking i'm not sure he's enjoy thing
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much. you're a long way from london, it's, you know, it's in the middle of nowhere, really. and to think, oh my god, i've got to spend my next four years here, it's pretty intense. >> william and kate attended art history lectures in this building. the first year it was a tough one for william, struggling with the pressures of his work and being far from friends and family. he almost quit. >> he went home for christmas after the first semester and he did. he had a wobble. and he said to his father, you know, i don't know if this is for me. >> friends say it was kate who helped convince william to stay. and as soon as he returned from christmas break, everything changed. >> the turning point really came when william watched kate in that now infamous charity fashion show. ♪ >> it was march 2002, the annual st. andrews charity fashion show. and on the catwalk, kate. >> i remember that specific night very well.
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>> jules knight was watching the show that night with william. >> she wasn't what you call a risque girl. she was a pretty safe bet. and here she was not wearing that much, looking amazing. i think everyone did think, wow. >> but that was the moment when he suddenly realized that his friend was actually very hot and he rather quite liked her. >> and the next fall when william and kate moved into this flat together with a couple of friends, their friendship turned romantic. >> it just sort of blossomed from there, really. we just saw more of each other and hung out a bit more and did stuff. >> you liked my cooking. >> your cooking was all right. it's got better. >> living with a girlfriend was almost unheard of for a member of the royal family. >> it was controversial, but i think it was felt that they didn't want mistakes of the past.
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they didn't want history repeating itself. and this was an opportunity for the couple to get to know each other. >> and to really get to know each other, the world's most famous prince knew he had to keep his relationship a secret. >> they had a policy of never holding hands, never being seen to be publicly affectionate. if invited to dinner parties, they would often arrive separately. >> by the end of their second year at st. andrews, they were in love. william had found the normalcy he craved in kate. >> she's not an aristocrat, she's not somebody who grew up in a castle or palace. she's pretty normal, really. >> kate brought william home to spend weekends with her parents in bucklebury. >> i think he loves going for dinner around the house and he loves being part of something which is actually, yeah, standard. >> behind the walls of st. andrews, william could live like a ordinary student. >> i do all my shopping.
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i take away, rent videos, go to the cinema. just basically anything i want to, really. >> i remember we walked out of
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>> there was a photographer that reported a couple of hours ago that he saw, well, his staff saw, there is an agency, a convoy around the back. but that was about two hours ago. so he was clearly right. >> right. and exactly the staff inside the hospital, how they will be taking care of her. essentially, what will happen for her inside that hospital. over the next couple of hours. >> so i'm not hearing you clearly, but the process from here is that literally she has a
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large team of personal physicians an doctors. they will all be in there with her at the moment. assuming the baby is boscrn, yo will see the officials at hospital. it will be their job to do the rounds. the prime minister in australia and the queen will be called by prince william and then the process of formal announcement which is when the notice is taken to hospital and to bumming ham palace. that will be the first indication that baby's been born and the notice will be the first indication of whether it is a boy or girl. so over the next couple of days, that's a mixed tradition, they haven't always done it that way, but i think they are delivering some sort of to the world, the world is so interested. >> and there is a lot of interest in whether it is a girl or boy. and we know that william and
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kate didn't find out the sex of the baby. was it ever revealed why they didn't find out ahead of time? >> i'm sorry -- >> sure. was it ever revealed why william and kate never wanted to find out the sex of the child ahead of time? >> oh, i don't know. kate is a very traditional girl. but they knew very well that question that they would be asked constantly after the announcement of the pregnancy, is are you having a boy or a girl. and the simplest way of dealing with that question not knowing yourself. that's my theory. i don't know. but certainly, the palace said they didn't know. so i do believe they didn't know. and i think reason is perhaps partly person. wanted to save the surprise. but also professionally, it was sort of a layer of armor against the questions being fired at them. >> okay. if you are just joining us here on cnn, and i imagine a lot of people are just tuning in right now. it is coming up to 15 minutes before 8:00 in the morning in
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london. and within the last couple of moments, we have received an e-mail from buckingham balance yas that the duchess of cambridge, catherine, has gone into labor, in early stages of labor and she is now at st. mary's hospital. and max, you were telling us that you believe the vehicle, car arrived, with kate and william, what within the last couple of hours? >> yes. a couple of hours ago. and there was a team out front, and not in the back, just the front. and that is what allowed us to get ready for this. and we were standing by. >> and we know that they travelled from kensington palace because kate had been with her parents at buckleberry for quite sometime. they relocated. >> yes, they have been spending
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time in the countryside. and there are a lot of experts, that was the most sensible thing to do. because the priority for a pregnant lady is to not feel any stress at all. so in buckleberry, they have a large house, which is completely private and they could sit there without being seen and relax and away from media pressure. there were some photographers but they wouldn't have been aware of them. and they obviously came up to london at the end of last week and oefrp the weekend. just to be placed at hospital and that plan seems to have worked pretty effectively. >> and they went from kensington p palace to the window wing which was nicknamed the limbo wing because everyone was caught in
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this limbo of waiting and waiting and waiting. but as you're tuning in, just before 8:00 in the morning in london, that kate has actually now entered early stages of pregnancy. she arrived at st. mary's hospital. maybe within the last hour, last couple of hours or so. and as this baby draws its first breath, there will be a well-planned series of events to kick off the official birth announcement. here is a look at the plan from first calls to where we can expect to see the new arrival.
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>> > it has all been well planned out. max foster is still with us on the phone from outside st. mary's hospital. what we know so far about kate's pregnancy, until this point, we believe it's been relatively problem-free, hasn't it?
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at least medically. >> yeah. it has been problem-free, i think. because you have that very early scare where the duchess went into hospital before she announced she had a very severe morning sickness. and then we were told she rest if a while before she gets better. and she is looking at public engagements and there is is a whole list of public engagements. so we can be pretty confident in saying she had a good pregnancy and she is taking shape in the expected way. and overdue for the first bibby. a lot of people would argue, the past few days, is preferable to being early. and the fact that we haven't heard any worrying stories from the palace or the palace should be quite open as well in terms of updates, i think we can say
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that she certainly has a good pregnancy. and hopefully the rest will be good too. >> and during the whole morning sickness stay in hospital we had that tragic event when the australian djs called up the hospital and they got put through and unfortunately, the nurse who took that call took her own life. but max, in the past, there has been a deal with the paparazzi when it comes to the royals, william and harry. for this child, be it prince or princess, is there a stim lar agreement in place or is that yet to be worked out? >> and since diana died, there has been a lot of discussion, between particularly newspaper editors in the palace, and the general agreement these days, is that the palace will pro viet opportunity to members of the media that want to sort of break the rules as it were. so they are very sensitive about
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paparazzi pictures still. if paparazzi pictures do get shown the palace comes down pretty severely. in the uk, they are generally not seen outside the uk. pictures of the duchess out shopping for example, they get shown in the uk, so the deal is it is still pretty much in place. but there is a huge hunger on this story and what you have found is that some of the photographers have started -- if you like, the society wedding, where they expect the royals to turn up and take those pictures because there is a huge demand and the huge amount of money the photographers make if they get a picture, it is quite phenomenal. >> at what moment will there be an official photograph of the child? >> there will be a photo opportunity in the next few weeks. there will be a photographer invited in to take pictures of the family. and that will be in the -- we will get those pictures. and there is some discussion
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about cameras being here once the bibby is born. i think this is a couple that is fiercely protected by their privacy and once that happens there is protection and increases even more. it is very likely they become more protective, particularly after child. we will see how that handle things. but there are a group of us they are very skpebl with and they will work with us i think on the basis to get pictures out. there will be a huge amount of coverage. and it has been seen over the last week. there is still coverage, even though they aren't giving information out. they want to try to help fill that vacuum to avoid any uncomfortable circulation. >> right, and again, for viewers who may be tuning in to cnn right now, the news from buckingham palace is that duchess of cambridge, catherine, has now gone into labor. it is early stages of labor.
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it is coming up into almost 8:00 in the morning in london, we understand from max foster our royal correspondent joining us on the line from outside of st. mary's hospital, that kate may have arrived there within the last couple of hours. maybe around 6:00 a.m. london time this morning. they made a very short journey from kensington palace. we know kate had actually been spending time away from the stress of london, away from the heat. she had been with her family, her mother and father at buckleberry, but recently relocated to kensington palace then made the journey from kensington palace. just a short drive i believe, from the palace to st. mary's hospital. where this pregnancy, this labor, is now under way. and like prince william, his baby is a mega star before he or she is even born. max foster has this report now. he spoke to william's cousin and
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confidant, peter phillips, who took a title and the doubties that come with it. >> my parent made it very clear that when we were growing up that we grew up and were very privileged in terms of where we grew up and how we grew up in terms of surroundings. we had horses an fantastic locations and we were privileged from that perspective. then we had to go out and work for a living. it wasn't going to be presented on a place for us. we had to forth our own careers. so from that perspective, it hasn't been something i thought about. it has been something that we have to do. so to be successful on the equestrian side, and get up and ride ten horses and that is hard work. people don't understand the amount of work that goes into trying to put these things on. >> what are your thoughts as another heir comes along, this
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bibby born, to the world. >> first and foremost, everyone is ecstatic for both. they will make great parent. and it is great to welcome another child into the family. and for selfish perspective, hopefully a playmate for my two girls to be able to grow up with. they will be under a great deal of scrutiny, but both parents are used to that and i think there is structure and infrastructure to be able to protect to a certain extent. but sure, they will be in the lime light just like william was from a very ear early age. >> if you are joining us, word coming to us from london that kate has finally gone into labor. happened in the last couple of hours. max foster is on the line with us from outside the hospital. max, we are expecting this to go fairly smoothly. tell us exactly how this played out when you first got the word. just recap for us, if you like. >> yeah.
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respectively, we had a few photographic sources that they saw something going on around the hospital and we addheard shs in the early hours of labor. so the scene of the moment, the palace officials, trying to organize us, i wish them luck. there is a huge amount of media already. let alone the ones on their way. >> so, essentially, the queen will be the first one who find out about this. she is in london right now. she will -- so she won't be -- there's lots of talk she would be coming to the hospital. she wouldn't do that. i think the first call would either be to her or to prince charles from william. i would have thought that would have been -- she is head of state. william is very close to her. he knows this is her heir.
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so i think it is likely he would probably call her first and prince charles would be told as well. then i think probably the beginning and end of william's calls. then the middletons will be called. and the formality of course will follow once the baby is born. because this is a head of state, future head of state, and the head of church, head of the armed forces an lots of people to notify the public. >> and max, you make a good point there, and all of the dignitaries and heads of state. the young couple having their first kid. so we wish them well. we will take a short break here on cnn. if you're just joining us, kate is in labor. a lot more coverage here on cnn after this short break.
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welcome to our breaking news coverage. we'd like to welcome our viewers around the world and also in the united states. there is news to report from london. duchess of carefully bridge, catherine, has now gone into the early stages of labor. we've been waiting for this moment and it would now seem that it is now just hours away. our royal correspondent max foster is on the

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