Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are now the proud parents of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. They married in their spectacular 2011 royal wedding, after first meeting as students ten years earlier in 2001. The royal couple announced their engagement in November 2010, after keeping the news a secret after William’s October proposal.
The happy announcement delighted royal fans everywhere – but the groom’s father Prince Charles’ reaction was less than ideal, writes royal biographer Andrew Morton.
His 2011 book “William and Catherine” delves into the romance of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Mr Morton writes: “The engagement day illustrated the character differences between father and son.
“William’s mature, assured performance stood in contrast to his father’s rather churlish reaction when asked about the impending nuptials.”
Prince Chalres' reaction to Kate and William's engagaement was "churlish", writes Mr Morton (Image: Getty)
Kate Middleton and Prince William announced their engagement in November 2010 (Image: Getty)
Prince Charles said of his son: “He’s been practicing for a long time!”
Mr Morton goes on: “While the Queen and Kate’s parents had expressed their delight, and Harry had mused, ‘It means I get a sister, which I have always wanted,’ the Prince of Wales seemed a forlorn side figure, ungracious and curmudgeonly.
“Perhaps unsurprisingly, opinion polls the weekend after the announcement all suggested, as they have for some years, that on the Queen’s death the Crown should skip a generation and pass straight to William.
“Much as William may have bridled, the fact was that at the time between one half and two thirds of the public wanted the newlyweds to be the next King and Queen.”