Kate Middleton Had a ‘Back-up Plan’ in Case Prince William Dumped Her, According to Royal Historian

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge dated for several years and went through two breakups before the prince proposed. But Kate was reportedly worried that it might never happen and had a back-up plan just in case she didn’t get her happily ever after.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton | Matt Dunham – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince William’s future wife was given the nickname ‘Waity Katy’

William and Kate met in 2001 when they attended St. Andrews University in Scotland. The two began dating and moved into an apartment together in 2002. However, they didn’t go public with their relationship until 2004 and continued to date for several years.

Even though the questions about when he would get hitched continued to mount, William did not cave into the pressures and held off from proposing. Unfortunately, this led to his then-girlfriend being given the unflattering nickname “Waity Katy.”

According to royal writer Katie Nicholl, one of the reasons the prince refrained from asking Kate to marry him too early is because he “witnessed his parents’ marriage crumble under pressure” and he wanted to make sure his didn’t “endure a similar fate. He was reluctant to bow to similar pressure and vowed not to be hurried to the altar.”

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Kate had to have a back-up plan in case the ‘unthinkable’ happened

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton | Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

While it may have seemed like Kate was just sitting around and counting the days till William asked for her hand in marriage, a royal historian revealed that the future duchess always had a back-up just in case things didn’t work out.

The Mirror noted that in the biography Battle of Brothers, Robert Lacey, best known as the historian for the Netflix series The Crown, claimed that “While Kate’s medium-to-long-term objective was quite simple — to lead William in handcuffs to the altar — for the time being, she had to devise her own independent career path as camouflage. This was a matter of both personal and public tactics.”

Lacey added, “In neither respect would it help Ms. Middleton to appear the slightest bit needy — and of course there was the ultimate unthinkable possibility that she might end up getting dumped!”

Kate’s first job out of college was working for her parents’ company called Party Pieces. The duchess was also employed as an accessories buyer for the fashion retailer Jigsaw.

William and Kate waited longer than most royals to have children too

Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding day
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding day | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

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Of course, William and Kate did end up tying the knot on April 29, 2011. But a question they couldn’t escape after walking down the aisle was about when they were going to have children.

Almost immediately following their royal wedding fans started taking bets on when Kate was going to get pregnant. After all, William’s grandparents had Prince Charles just before their first wedding anniversary. The same is true for William’s parents who had him 11 months after they wed.

But the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decided to take their time when it came to that as well. Their first child, Prince George, wasn’t born until a few months after the second wedding anniversary. That sounds like an eternity compared to the rest of William’s family but it’s more proof that the future king and Kate are comfortable doing things at their own pace.