Prince William will be a hands-on father.

The 30-year-old royal - who married Duchess Catherine 19 months ago - is eager to start a family and wants to bring up his kids without the help of a team of nannies, one of his wife's pals has claimed.

Catherine's friend Jessica Hay said: "William is very much like his mother Princess Diana and will definitely be a hands-on dad and not rely heavily on nannies to raise his and Catherine's children.

"They both try to be as normal as possible in their private lives and that of course is going to continue when they have children."

Catherine and William's friends all think the couple will make wonderful parents.

Jessica added to Life & Style magazine: "Everyone's always said what great parents they'll be, since they are such a caring couple and very relaxed. They will lavish love on their children."