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Being a royal has its advantages – the fashion, the princes, the tiaras, the castles – but it definitely also has its drawbacks, from the end of privacy and the hefty rulebook to the dreaded rumour mill.
This is something that Kate Middleton has undoubtedly experienced since joining the fold. And according to insiders, it was due to these concerns that Prince William waited so long to propose in the first place.
The Duke of Cambridge opened up about the situation in the couple’s 2010 engagement interview, explaining how he wanted to give his future bride an opportunity to back out of royal life.
Explaining to ITV’s Tom Bradby that he wanted to open Kate and the Middleton family’s eyes to what they were walking into, he recalled: “I really want to make sure that they have the best, sort of, guidance and chance to see what life has been like – or what life is like – in the family.
“That’s kind of almost why I’ve been waiting this long is that I wanted to give her a chance to see and to back out if she needed to before it all got too much.”
Going on to reference his mother and the difficulties that she faced joining the fold, he continued: “I’m trying to learn from lessons done in the past. And I just wanted to give her the best chance to settle in and see what happens the other side.”
Speaking of Prince William’s decision, Kate explained at the time: “I’m of course so glad that I’ve had the time to grow and understand myself more as well. So hopefully, hopefully, I’ll do a good job.”
Thankfully, it seems that Prince William was right to move slowly. Twelve years later, the Duke and Duchess are not only happily married with three children, they have also been credited with saving the royal family.
Well, this is lovely.