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Royal SNUB: How Prince William REFUSED to marry Kate Middleton because of Prince Charles – Express

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Royal SNUB: How Prince William REFUSED to marry Kate Middleton because of Prince Charles – Express

PRINCE William postponed proposing to long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton in 2005 because of his parents’ Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s disastrous marriage.

Prince William and Kate Middleton met at the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2001. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were simply good friends for a year before their relationship turned romantic in 2002. The parents of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis dated on and off for eight years before announcing their engagement in 2010.

However, earlier in their romance, William is said to have been adamant he wasn’t going to propose to the brunette beauty, all because of his parents’ Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s disastrous marriage.

According to 2011 book “The Making of a Royal Romance” by Katie Nicholl, because William “had witnessed his parents’ marriage crumble under pressure”, he “didn’t want to endure a similar fate”.

In 2005, engagement rumours reached new heights between Kate and William but the Prince was not even close to being ready to pop the question.

Royal expert Ms Nicholl explained: “He was aware that his father had been pressurised into marrying Diana because she was deemed a suitable bride.

Kate Middleton and Prince William

Kate Middleton and Prince William (Image: Getty)

Kate Middleton and Prince William

Kate Middleton and Prince William (Image: Getty)

“He was reluctant to bow to similar pressure and vowed not to be hurried to the alter.”

At the time, William made his feeling clear to the press.

In an interview when he was 22, William said: “Look, I’m only twenty-two 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.”

William even went on to hint that his younger brother, Prince Harry, would wed before him.

Kate Middleton and Prince William

Kate Middleton and Prince William (Image: Getty)

While Kate is said to have “longed for security” at the time of the Prince’s comments, she also insisted she was in no hurry to settle down.

Five years on and both William and Kate were ready to commit as they got engaged during a trip to Kenya.

The news was announced by Clarence House and the pair went on to wed in 2011 at Westminster Abbey.

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