Does Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Relationship Have a Better Foundation Than Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s?

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge got married in 2011. Then, in 2018, Prince Harry tied the knot with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

Since William and Harry have different personalities, it isn’t shocking that the women they married and their respective relationships are different from each other as well. However, some onlookers now believe William and Kate might have a better foundation to their marriage than Harry and Meghan.

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(L-R) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex; Prince Harry; Prince William; and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

How did Prince William and Kate Middleton meet?

William and Kate first met in 2001 as students at University of St. Andrews. They lived in the same residence hall and quickly became friends. However, at the time, both William and Kate were seeing other people, so it took a while before their relationship picked up.

When they were both single again, William took notice of Kate when he saw her walking in a charity fashion show. Afterwards, the pair began dating. By their second year, they had moved out of the school’s on-campus housing and into an apartment shared with two other friends.

William and Kate dated for many years before getting married in 2011. They even broke up twice during the course of their relationship, but the couple proved they were strong enough to endure any obstacles thrown their way.

Today, they are parents to three young children.

How did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet?

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Harry had a different love story than his older brother. Unlike William, he did not have a serious girlfriend whom he dated at a young age and then married. He had several girlfriends in his 20s and early 30s, but those relationships soon fizzled out.

Harry met Meghan in the summer of 2016 when a friend set them up on a blind date together. Harry would later their relationship in an interview with the BBC as a “whirlwind” and noted the two of them fell in love “so incredibly quickly.”

In November 2017, Harry and Meghan announced their engagement to the world. Then, in May 2018, they got married. Today, they have one son together.

Do William and Kate have a better foundation for their marriage?

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In their engagement interview, William described the friendship they had prior to dating as a “massive advantage” which had helped their romantic relationship.

Experts do agree that being friends first is good for a couple as it ensures their romance is built upon trust and compatibility instead of just attraction and chemistry. However, that does not mean Harry and Meghan are doomed.

For one thing, plenty of people around the world started dating their spouses soon after meeting them without developing a friendship first. According to Psychology Today, as long as couples enjoy spending time with each other and have a lot of trust and respect, their relationship can withstand the test of time.

Moreover, some onlookers believe Harry and Meghan moved too quickly with their relationship compared to William and Kate. Research has shown that couples who date for at least a few years before getting married tend to have the lowest divorce rates. Since Harry and Meghan only dated for a year and a half, things could be concerning for them statistically.

However, again, there are numerous couples who tied the knot quickly and are still together. Likewise, there are also lots of couples who got married after years of dating only to quickly get divorced. Ultimately, it is important to remember that every couple is different and what works for one might not work for another.

At the end of the day, both William and Kate as well as Harry and Meghan married for love. They all made individual choices on who they would like to spend their lives with, and both couples could very well have happy unions regardless of how their respective relationships began.