Prince William Waited to Get Married to Kate Middleton Because He Didn’t Want to Face the Pressures His Parents Did, Expert Claims

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge recently celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary but they were together for years before they got hitched. One royal expert believes that Prince William took his time so that he wouldn’t have the same pressures that his parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana faced when they got married.

Prince William and Kate Middleton following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011
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Prince William and Kate had a long courtship

Prince William and Kate had a very long courtship — after meeting at University in 2001, they didn’t go public with their relationship until 2004. Their relationship hit a bumpy patch in 2007 when they broke up, though they reconciled later that year and went on to get engaged during a trip to Kenya in 2010. They were married at Westminster Abbey in 2011.

Prince William was in no hurry to rush into marriage, and when he finally proposed, he likely was very sure that he would be with Kate forever.

Prince William didn’t want to repeat his parents’ mistakes

While some royal experts and fans thought it took Prince William and Kate too long before they walked down the aisle, one expert shared William’s thoughts on marriage.

When William was asked about settling down in 2005, royal author Katie Nicholl shared in her book The Making of a Royal Romance, he explained, “Look, I’m only 22 for God’s sake. I’m too young to marry at my age. I don’t want to get married until I am at least 28 or maybe 30.” 

Nicholl added how Prince William believed that Prince Harry might get married before him. “If it hurt Kate when William hinted that his younger brother Harry was more likely to tie the knot before they would, she didn’t show it,” she shared.

The expert also claimed that Prince William was cautious about his relationship because his parents had gotten married too soon and Princess Diana was quite young. William didn’t want any of the pressure and so he took his time.

“He was aware his father had been pressured into marrying Diana because she was deemed the suitable bride,” Nicholl shared. “He was reluctant to bow to similar pressure and vowed not to be hurried at the altar.”

She added, “He made his feelings clear, telling a journalist in an off-guard moment that he had no plans of getting married any time soon.”

The Cambridges’ relationship has been solid

Prince William and Kate’s relationship had a solid foundation and they have continued to have a successful marriage, with Nicholl telling OK! magazine, “Kate and William are stronger than ever. They’ve been together nearly 20 years now and they’re very tuned into one another.”

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

Nicholl chalks some of that up to their temperaments, with the expert sharing that Kate is more even-tempered and Prince William is “hot-headed.”

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