Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Relationship Is ‘Stronger Than Ever’ and ‘Based on Mutual Respect,’ Expert Claims

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge will celebrate their ninth wedding anniversary on April 29, but they’ve known each other for 20 years. The couple has weathered the ups and downs of dating and marriage, but one expert believes their relationship is “stronger than ever” now.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit Evelina London Children's Hospital on December 11, 2018
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge | Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage

Prince William and Kate’s early years

Prince William and Kate met in 2001 when they were college students at St. Andrew’s University and started dating in 2003. They broke up in 2007 but soon reconciled. They got engaged in 2010 during a trip to Kenya and were married in 2011.

They later spoke about their breakup, with Prince William sharing during their engagement interview, “We were both very young… we were both finding ourselves and being different characters. It was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up so it was just a bit of space and it worked out for the better.”

“At the time I wasn’t very happy about it, but actually it made me a stronger person, you find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn’t realized,” Kate said. “I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you’re younger. I really valued that time for me as well, although I didn’t think it at the time!”

Their relationship is ‘stronger than ever’

The Cambridges have navigated 20 years together and their relationship has continued to flourish.

Kate and William are stronger than ever,” Katie Nicholl told OK! Magazine. “They’ve been together nearly 20 years now and they’re very tuned into one another.”

Nicholl continued, “Their relationship is based on mutual respect. They know when to compromise, when to back down, and when to apologize.”

They balance their temperaments perfectly

The foundation of their relationship is a balance that embraces their differing personalities. According to Nicholl, Kate is more even-tempered, while Prince William is “hot-headed.” The give and take between them makes things run smoothly.

“The Duchess doesn’t tend to lose her temper — she’s usually pretty composed and measured,” Nicholl shared. “But William is famously quite hot-headed, so she knows when to give him space if he needs it.”

She shared, “Kate’s a strong woman. If she’s putting her foot down over something, which she does, William knows when to leave well alone and cave in.”

William “also defers to Kate when it comes to ruling the roost and keeping the family in check,” Nicholls explained, adding, “That comes very naturally to her.”   

Their relationship’s strength is evident in their body language

Prince William and Kate have a solid relationship, with their recent body language indicating how close and united they are in their marriage.

During a video call with teachers, staff, and children at Casterton Primary Academy, the Cambridges showed how “tight” they are.

Traci Brown, body language expert and author of Persuasion Point: Body Language and Speech for Influence, examined the Cambridge’s body language during the chat, telling Elite Daily, “They’re really tight, as usual.”

“We see them really intently focused on the kids they’re talking to. They both have the same level of a smile on their face and come across with genuine interest. They’re leaning ever so slightly towards each other again telling us they’re on the same team,” she added.

There was even a moment of teasing during the chat, after the school staff wished the couple a happy Easter and Prince William joked, “There will be a lot of chocolate being eaten here, don’t worry!”

Kate scolded him, saying, “You keep eating it!”