It’s been more than a decade since Prince William and Kate Middleton shocked the world by breaking up. While London merchants were selling decorative mugs with their faces on them and predicting an engagement announcement any day, Prince William instead had some tough words for his long-term girlfriend.
During that fateful conversation in the spring of 2007, he supposedly told Kate: “I can’t… It just isn’t going to work. It isn’t fair to you.”
Luckily for everyone, their separation only lasted a few months, though they didn’t get engaged until years later. The surprising part is how Prince William allegedly confided in his grandmother Queen Elizabeth about why he broke up with Kate.
Prince William wasn’t sure he could make a permanent commitment to Kate Middleton
If there’s one thing Queen Elizabeth hates, it’s divorce. As the head of the Church of England, the Queen has a vested interest in making sure all married couples stay together forever. Of course, her track record isn’t perfect: three out of her four children went through messy, public divorces. But she still tries to talk royal family members out of marrying people who are clearly wrong for them.
That’s what makes the conversation that occurred between Prince William and Queen Elizabeth so intriguing. A Sunday Express report with royal correspondent Camilla Tominey revealed the details. According to Tominey’s royal source, Prince William “confided to his grandparents that he was not sure if he loved Kate enough.”
The Queen supported Prince William’s decision
While Queen Elizabeth hates divorce, she also trusted her grandson’s judgement and ultimately just desired his happiness. Her advice? Make a decision on Kate Middleton one way or the other.
After Will and Kate got back together, the Queen had some stern words for Prince William. “Now they are back together, the Queen wants William to do the right thing – either marry the girl or let her go,” the source told Tominey in 2007. “She would rather they broke up for good now than get married only to have it end in divorce in five years’ time.”
“If Kate is the one, then a five-year courtship is long enough,” the Queen allegedly told Prince William.
Prince William waited years to marry Kate Middleton
Technically Prince William didn’t follow his grandmother’s love advice because it would be four more years before the pair got engaged. However, there are rumors that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a secret pact to get married eventually right when they rekindled their romance.
It’s clear that Queen Elizabeth made an impression on Prince William because he was adamant against rushing into marriage. Rather than just propose to Kate Middleton because he loved her, the future king waited until he was truly sure he wanted to commit for a lifetime.
Their breakup made them stronger
Though it was difficult to endure at the time, Kate Middleton and Prince William have both gone on record saying the breakup was a positive thing for their relationship.
“We were both very young,” the prince said. “It was at university, we were sort of both finding ourselves as such and being different characters and stuff, it was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up.”
Kate chimed in adding, “I think at the time I wasn’t very happy about it, but actually, it made me a stronger person.”
If he wasn’t sure of his love then, at least it’s clear that Prince William loves his wife now!