Kate Middleton ‘would have given Prince William tap on shoulder’ if he made Charles gaffe

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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and William are set to commemorate their wedding anniversary this month as they mark 10 years of marriage. The couple have remained a beacon of romance throughout their decade long union, despite their split 14 years ago, and have since welcomed three adorable children to the Cambridge fold – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The anniversary will see their relationship back under the microscope, with experts reflecting on where their romance will go from here.

But during 2007, when the couple temporarily split up, William was forced to make a series of decisions about his – and Kate’s – future.

At this time, he came under pressure to find the perfect wife by the Queen, who didn’t want anymore royal relationships to end in divorce.

And William himself, Amazon Prime documentary William and Kate in the Future claimed, didn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps, like his relationship with Diana which eventually broke down.

He would have also been cautious to not make a gaffe like his father, when Kate and William would announce their engagement in 2010.

Charles and Diana announced they were engaged in 1981, but in an interview to discuss their relationship, the Prince of Wales – then 31 – appeared to question what love was.

During a clip, Charles admitted that he was “amazed” Diana was “brave enough to take me”, and when asked if he was in love, Charles added: “Whatever in love means.”

Diana then cautiously laughs.

When reviewing this engagement announcement compared to Kate and William’s engagement, Claudia Joseph, the Duchess of Cambridge’s biographer, said that the future King consort would have reacted in a different way to Diana.

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She said: “You look back to those photographs of Charles and Diana and that dreadful comment he made, when he was nervous about whatever love means.

“You can imagine if William had said that to Kate, she’d have given him a smart tap on the shoulder.”

Kate spoke candidly in her engagement interview with William to the BBC, and noted how “it did take a bit of time for us to get to know each other”, adding: “But we did became very close friends from quite early on.”

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The pressure has always been on William to find a wife, particularly as he will one day be monarch.

Royal historian Robert Lacey claimed last year that William was “uncertain” of his relationship with Kate, who had been dating for around six years in 2007.

The pair had met at the University of St Andrews, and quickly developed a keen friendship, but Mr Lacey said in one phone call this came to an end.

According to Us Weekly, he said: “Kate excused herself from a meeting at Jigsaw, the fashion store with which she’d recently started working, to take a call from William in a room out of earshot of the other buyers.

“She shut the door for more than an hour. When she came out, she was single.”

But reports show that less than three months later, the couple started dating again, and within three years would be engaged.

During the documentary Katie Nicholl also detailed the other pressures William was under, as he was forced to choose spending time in either London with his family, or stay with his new military friends, after joining the Armed Forces.

Speaking on the 2011 show, she said: “I think Kate pushed him into a corner. I think she wanted some more commitment. William was hard at work at the military, very busy – he had exams, training.

“He was very involved with his military commitments. And I think at the same time it had become increasingly difficult for them to spend time together.

“William would spend Monday to Friday at the barracks in Bovington, so his time was completely taken up with military commitments, and at the weekends he ended up staying up with his friends, his new Army pals.

“He didn’t want to back to London every weekend.”

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