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Royal Baby Will Follow in Prince William's Footsteps—but Maybe He Can Still Lead a Normal Life

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David Bowie and Freddie Mercury aren't the only Brits who know about pressure.

The baby boy born today to Kate Middleton and Prince William isn't even 24 hours old and he's already being groomed for greatness.

But though the royal heir, who takes over uncle Prince Harry's place as third in line to the British throne, will obviously have to get used to living life in the spotlight eventually, it's really up to his parents to see to it that he gets a shot at a so-called normal life.

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Of course, "normal" for the royal baby doesn't necessarily mean the same thing as it does to the child born in the room next to him in the posh Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital, where William, Kate and their little prince are currently ensconced for the night.

"Normal" for this young chap could, however, have a similar meaning as it did for William and Harry, whose mum, the late Princess Diana, tried her best to "give them some normality," the Princess of Wales' former bodyguard, Ken Wharfe, told NBC News. (E! Online is a member of the NBCUniversal family.)

Royal experts have predicted that Will and Kate probably will hire a nanny, but will more hands-on than royal parents of previous generations. Also, Kate's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, are expected to play a role in helping their daughter get settled in as a mum.

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Per the U.K.'s Guardian, the young family of three will soon be moving into the 21-room Kensington Palace "apartment" that's currently undergoing a $1.5 million renovation, and they're expected to frequent the 10-bedroom Anmer Hall at Sandringham, the Norfolk estate where Queen Elizabeth II and her immediate family traditionally spend Christmas.

Of course, it will be no ordinary daily grind for His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge (the first member of the royal family to born into that title in 194 years!) once he's of school age.

It's likely that he will go to an independent boarding school, like his father (who first went away to Ludgrove in Berkshire when he was 8) and mother (she boarded at Marlborough in Wiltshire) ; then it's off to university (his parents met at St. Andrew's in Scotland), where he'll select a course of concentrated study; and most likely he'll serve a stint in the military, or go to a military academy, like Harry.

Plus, he'll expected to be a great philanthropist, like pretty much everyone he's related to, and who wants to bet how old the prince is when he gets his first pony? Or scores his first goal in polo? (But first, who wants to bet that he'll be named James?)

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And then...young adulthood.

"This child is actually going to have to grow up never putting a foot wrong," Dr. Andrew Roberts, NBC News' British historian, said (Ominously?) on Today.

He also predicted that the prince probably won't be encouraged to pick a profession that could lead to any sort of screw-up that might embarrass the royal family.

"It's difficult to know what areas of life you can go into which are completely devoid of controversy," Roberts said.

But since the Internet has made it so that nothing is devoid of controversy anymore, maybe that means the Prince of Cambridge was born into a world where the sky really will be the limit for him.

And not just because his father and uncle are both pilots.

(Originally published July 22, 2013, at 8:57 p.m. PT)

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