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Royal Baby: Queen's Cousin Margaret Rhodes "Not Wildly Excited" About Arrival of New Heir to the Throne

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Not everybody is on the edge of their seat waiting for the arrival of Kate Middleton and Prince William's baby. And surprisingly, one of those people is a royal.

Margaret Rhodes, the 88-year-old first cousin and close confidant of Queen Elizabeth II, told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an interview that she was "not terribly" excited about the impending birth when asked about the thrill of seeing a new heir to the throne.

"Everybody has babies and it's lovely. But I don't get wildly excited about it," Rhodes answered with a laugh during the sit-down at her cottage at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England.

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When pressed by Amanpour, who noted the "history" of the moment, the queen's one-time bridesmaid when she married Prince Philip relented just a touch, adding, "Yes, all right. I'm prepared to be excited."

Rhodes also said she hoped that the third in line—whether it's a boy or a girl—is given the opportunity to have a normal childhood outside of the harsh glare of the media and the attention that normally comes with being part of the British monarchy.

"Well, I imagine and hope that its early life until at least in its teens will be just a jolly, happy ordinary child's life," she added.

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Kate Middleton, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William AP Photo/Alastair Grant

As for the Duchess of Cambridge, Rhodes revealed she hasn't seen much of Kate but had nothing but kind words to say about her.

"I think she's got a way with her that's going to be very appealing," Rhodes noted. "And I think that she won't, sort of vie for coverage, which Diana perhaps did a little bit."

Meanwhile, one person who wouldn't mind the royal baby getting on with it is the queen herself. Per tweets from Sky News, when asked by children at Lake Windermere about when she'd like the birth to happen, the queen replied she hopes it's "soon" because she's going on holiday to Scotland next week.

As if Kate doesn't have enough pressure on her, hordes of press, paparazzi and fans remain camped outside St. Mary's Hospital in London, where the duchess is expected to check in any day now once she goes into labor.

Media outside of St. Marys, Lindo Wing, Prince William, Duchess Catherine, Kate Middleton Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images

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