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Royal bodyguard beams at birth of new prince

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A recent Minnesota transplant with a royal history watched all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the birth of a new prince, and FOX 9 News spoke with Prince William's former bodyguard about the birth.

Richard Lett is positively beaming over the arrival of the next generation of British royalty, and he has some predictions about what is next for Will and Kate.

FOX 9 News first introduced Lett in May to explain how he fell in love with a Minnesotan and decided to sail across the Atlantic Ocean, from Mumbai to Minnesota, to raise money for a Minnesota charity, Pathways to Children.

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At one time, Lett had a front-row seat to history. Now, he's watching from half a world away.

"The sun rises over Wisconsin and we have coffee on the boat," he quipped. "I'm just getting to know Stillwater, and it's a wonderful, wonderful town."

While Lett says he is getting used to living on his houseboat on the St. Croix River, news from his native England about the newest member of a family he knows almost as well as his own has him feeling like a proud papa.

"I'm just really pleased," he said.

For 15 years, Lett helped protect the British royal family -- including Prince Charles as well as Prince William and Prince Harry as they were growing up. So, seeing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with a new baby boy in their arms, walking down the same steps Princess Diana and Prince Charles did 31 years ago, has him feeling a bit nostalgic.

"I was with him at St. Andrews when he met Catherine. It's just been a fairytale," Lett said. "They are a wonderful couple, and they represent the country so well. I'm just so proud."

Let also believes that the pair will probably try to shield their son from the media, just like Princess Di did in order to raise them to have normal experiences despite their royal pedigree.

Lett describes Prince William as down-to-Earth , and he believes the new father will try to instill the same spirit in his son.

"People in the UK still have a lot of respect and they are allowed to live their lives," he explained. "I think William will want his son -- and other sons and daughters -- to have as much as a normal life as possible."

Lett says he hasn't spoken with William and Kate since he left England, but he said moments like the royal birth are a reminder that they're all in the same boat.

"The only gift I could possibly is my good wishes, and that comes from the whole nation," Lett said. "Everyone seems to be enjoying this."

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