Prince William Delayed Proposal to Kate Middleton Because of Queen Elizabeth’s Warning and Doubts

Prince William and Kate Middleton are happily married now, but there was a time when their relationship hit some snags, including a 2007 breakup. After they got back together, William took his time in proposing to Middleton and it’s believed that Queen Elizabeth had something to do with it.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton | PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Prince William faced temptations during their relationship

Prince William and Middleton began dating in 2003 while attending University of St. Andrews in Edinburgh, but they broke up in 2007. William was reportedly “tempted” by the single life, with Andrew Morton explaining in his 2011 book, William and Catherine, that “There was an emotional conflict.” He noted that “while Kate had made it clear that she wanted a commitment from her man, Prince William, according to close friends, was not so sure. Siren voices were calling suggesting that the grass was greener on the other side of the fence.”

Morton added that Prince William faced temptation, sharing: “For an unsettled suitor, temptation came in the form of his fellow officers of the Blues and Royals, nicknamed the ‘Booze and Royals.’ William found himself juggling his romance with night-time drinking sessions with his new Army friends.”

He added: “The juxtaposition of the prince acting like a bachelor having a good time and the last picture of him and Kate together, wearing dowdy matching tweed outfits at the Cheltenham races in March while looking gloomy and ill at ease, indicated that all was not well in Wills’ World.”

They broke up for a time

The couple eventually split in 2007, with Morton noting: “In April, much to Kate’s distress, William ended their relationship. It was a storm that had been brewing for a long time, arising from his unwillingness to commit and the feeling his friends noted that ‘he could do better.’”

The author provided some insight into why things might have gone sour, sharing: “Obstinate and strong-willed, William could be an overwhelming presence and, at times, Kate felt taken for granted — treated like a servant rather than his girlfriend.”

Why Prince William didn’t propose for years

Though the couple reconciled, they didn’t get engaged until 2010. Middleton touched on the breakup during their engagement interview, noting: “I think 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. 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!”

The queen was reportedly unsure about Prince William and Middleton’s relationship and that might have informed his timeline of proposing to Middleton. The Queen reportedly “steered clear” of Middleton due to “slight reservations.”

According to a 2006 report from the Sunday Express, Queen Elizabeth had warned William about marrying Middleton too early, with a source sharing that she felt “enough was enough” when it came to divorces in the royal family.

A Palace aide shared: “The Queen is the head of the Church and so from a point of principle she is opposed to royal divorces. However, she has witnessed the divorces not just of her sister Princess Margaret, but also those of her three eldest children.”

The insider added: “She now feels, to put it bluntly, that enough is enough. She does not want to name names, but she is adamant that there are going to be no further royal divorces during her reign. The concept of divorce goes against the Queen’s whole upbringing, which is about duty and about soldiering on in the face of adversity… Both Princes William and Harry have been in no doubt that when they marry, it’s for keeps.”