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Kate Middleton Will Be a "Hands-On" Mother, Says Family Friend

We're starting think the royal baby is going to be in very good hands.

Yet another family friend of the Middletons has spoken to E! News and, unsurprisingly, had nothing but great things to say about Kate Middleton and company.

"We know the Middletons very well. They're a nice family," butcher Martin Fidler said from the Duchess of Cambridge's home village of Bucklebury in West Berkshire, England. "We knew them from the very beginning when Carole first came out here as a single young lady. She was stunning then, still stunning now, and she met Mike, got married, and had the three children and we've known them all these years."

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And Fidler insists that despite becoming a royal, Kate "hasn't really changed" and believes she and Prince William are "the perfect couple."

"She was a bubbly young child, a very pretty young lady," Fidler added. "She's bloomed, she's blossomed and she's so friendly. She's always smiling, always happy.

"I think the baby will have the best of all worlds because of the upbringing it will get," he continued. "Credit Lady Di for having William in the beginning and for Carole and Mike for having Kate. It's a great mixture and I think the royalty will have one of the greatest mixtures going in this country."

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And Fidler believes Kate will most certainly follow in her mum's footsteps.

"I think Kate will be hands-on most of the time. She'll be just like her mother. A very caring person, especially where her child's concerned," he said. "I just think the child, whatever way they teach it, look after it, it will be well-balanced between the two of them because they're both evenly balanced from the beginning."

And, like Queen Elizabeth II, we're hoping to see the parents-to-be in action sooner than later.

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