'Kate Is a Natural Mother,' Says William's Cousin-in-Law

05/21/2013 at 08:50 AM EDT

Kate Is Natural Mother, Mike Tindall Says
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
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Everything's relative – and family members are already praising Princess Kate for her maternal instincts.

Mike Tindall, who is married to William's cousin, Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips's daughter Zara Phillips, says father-to-be Prince William – whom he calls "Willy" – will be "outstanding" as a dad, "while Kate is a natural mother," he adds.

The rugby player told the Daily Mirror, "It's great for them. The whole family is really excited about the baby. I think everyone's excited. I'm so happy for those two. They'll be great parents."

Tindall, who wed Phillips nearly two years ago, says children are on their minds, too – in the future.

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Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips

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"Having kids is something we want, but it's finding that window and we haven't quite found that yet," he said at an event for the armed forces' charity, Rugby for Heroes.

Tindall's comments came as William, 30, spoke about the interrupted nights on his horizon when the baby comes along. When William and brother Harry opened a wounded warriors' recovery center run by the charity Help for Heroes, the prince was handed a teddy bear and a onesie with the motif "My Daddy Is A Hero" on it.

Triple amputee Josh Boggi then asked the prince, "Are you looking forward to it, Sir?"

"Very much so," William replied. "But all the mothers have been looking at me [and saying,] 'Just you wait, just you wait. Long sleepless nights.' "

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