Prince William was “torn” about how to approach his proposal to the Princess of Wales and whether to first broach the subject with Kate’s parents. The royal couple first crossed paths back in 2001 as they started their time at university in Scotland.
Prince William and Kate, known as Kate Middleton at the time, both studied Art History, but the future Prince of Wales then switched courses, opting to change his degree to Geography.
Following a nine-year relationship, the couple announced their engagement in November 2010.
Prince William popped the question during a trip to Kenya with friends, presenting Kate with a stunning ring that had previously belonged to his mother, the late Princess Diana.
But at the time, the future king confessed to anxieties ahead of the proposal, including a dilemma over whether to approach Kate’s parents before asking his future wife herself.
He said in 2010: “I was torn between asking Kate’s dad first and then the realisation that he might actually say ‘no’ dawned upon me.
“So I thought if I ask Kate first then he can’t really say no.
“So I did it that way round.”
He then mentioned he’d had the opportunity to chat with his future in-laws after the proposal, and smoothed everything over.
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She continued: “So I came back from Scotland and my mother didn’t make it clear to me whether she knew or not.
“So both of us were there, sort of looking at each other and feeling quite awkward about it.”
The couple tied the knot on April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey.
On the day of their wedding, the couple gained the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The pair have since welcomed three children, the first of which was born in 2013.
Eldest child Prince George was then joined by Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four.
Upon the Queen’s death, Prince William and Kate retained their Cambridge titles, but also became known as the Prince and Princess of Wales.