Prince William ‘will navigate around grey suits once King’ says expert
William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, are set to celebrate their 10-year anniversary as a married couple next month, with tributes likely to be given across the globe. Since marrying in 2011, the Cambridges have gone to firmly establish themselves among the most popular Royal Family members, second only to Her Majesty. Although they appear to be encapsulated in a heartwarming romance, William and Kate have also endured their relationship difficulties, including when they temporarily split back in 2007.
Reports suggested William was unsure of whether he was ready to commit to marriage, as speculation surrounding his courtship with Kate grew.
William, commentators claimed, was adamant he didn’t want to make the same mistakes as his father Prince Charles, whose tumultuous marriage to Princess Diana ended in divorce.
And according to royal expert Camilla Tominey, the Queen herself also wanted William to ensure his future relationship did not follow the same route as Charles’.
Speaking on 2011’s William and Kate Into the Future, Ms Tominey noted that after William and Kate rekindled their romance they “needed to decide where they were going”.
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The Queen with her grandson Prince William
She said: “Clearly it’s very different for them conducting a relationship in the full glare of the media, and with all of the trappings that William’s life as second-in-line to the throne has.
“We understand that he may have had doubts, was Kate the one for him?
“Clearly, he doesn’t want to make any mistakes like his father did before him.
“There’s pressure on him from the Queen, and Prince Philip, because they don’t want any more divorces in the Royal Family.”
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The Queen didn’t want any more divorces
Ms Tominey added: “I think there are lots of question marks hanging over their relationship, which they need to just take some time out, and get a hold of, and really make up their minds that they wanted to be together.”
This was echoed by Richard Kay, a fellow royal author, who examined how Charles’ marriage, and the very public breakdown that followed in the public eye, had affected William.
For many, the reason Charles and Diana’s relationship dramatically fell apart was because of the 13-year age gap between the two.
For William, Mr Kay argued, it was important to ensure he enjoyed a relationship that would stand the test of time.
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William and Kate on their wedding day
He said: “Everything about William, you can trace back to what happened to his parents.
“He lived through the bitter break-up of their marriage. He knows how much what happened to them destroyed their marriage.
“He’s very concerned not to make the same mistakes.”
Royal historian Robert Lacey claimed last year that William was “uncertain” of his relationship with Kate, who he had been dating for around six years by 2007.
William and Kate married in 2011
The pair had met at the University of St Andrews, and quickly developed a keen friendship, but Mr Lacey said in one phone call this came to an end.
According to Us Weekly, he said: “Kate excused herself from a meeting at Jigsaw, the fashion store with which she’d recently started working, to take a call from William in a room out of earshot of the other buyers.
“She shut the door for more than an hour. When she came out, she was single.”
Royal Family weddings across the years
But reports show that less than three months later, the couple started dating again, and within three years would be engaged.
Since Princess Margaret divorced Lord Snowdon in 1978, the Royal Family saw a spate of relationships breakdown.
In 1992, described famously by the Queen as “annus horribilis”, Her Majesty’s daughter Princess Anne divorced, while Charles and younger brother Prince Andrew both separated from Diana and Sarah Ferguson respectively.