Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, is expected to one day be Queen consort when her husband William takes to the throne. He is currently second-in-line to the crown and has reportedly always felt the pressure of the royal role he will at some point have to take up. He met Kate when they were both studying at the University of St Andrews. They were firm friends at first, but during their second year, sparks began to fly and they started dating at the end of 2003.
They married in 2011, in a lavish, highly-televised ceremony at Westminster Abbey after a prolonged romance.
During the pair’s first joint interview in 2010 with ITV’s Tom Bradby, just after they announced their engagement, William explained why he waited seven years to propose to his university sweetheart.
William explained: “Her and her family – I really want to make sure they have the best guidance to see what life has been like or what it is like in ‘the family’.
“That’s kind of almost why I waited so long. I wanted to give her a chance to see and to back out if she needed to, before it all got too much.”
Prince William and Kate Middleton (Image: GETTY)
William and Kate married in 2011 (Image: GETTY)
Kate giggled at this, before William resumed: “I’m trying to learn from lessons done in the past. I just wanted to give her the best chance to settle in and see what happens the other side.”
Kate said: “I’m also happy I’ve had the time to grow and understand myself more as well. So hopefully do a good job.”
William interrupted to say: “Does that mean I’ve done a good job?”
To which Kate immediately replied: “Yes.”
The couple did briefly split in 2007 – after William dumped his then-girlfriend – but they soon got back together and decided to commit to one another.
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Kate and Will met while they were at university (Image: GETTY)
The interviewer then said: “Part of the reason it’s taken such a long time is because you’ve both spent