William and Kate arrive at the Royal Variety Performance
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 39, were in London last night for the Royal Variety Performance. The couple looked glamorous as they arrived at London’s Royal Albert Hall for their fourth appearance at the fundraising spectacular. The event is in aid of the Royal Variety Charity, of which William’s grandmother, the Queen, is patron. Funds raised help give entertainers across the UK support in their old age or when they are ill.
This year’s Royal Variety is particularly special as it marks the centenary of the Royal Family’s patronage of the charity.
The Queen’s grandfather, King George V, started 100 years of the reigning monarch being patron as he took on the role in 1921.
William and Kate’s attendance at the performance yesterday was their fourth outing at the annual night of entertainment.
Kate’s participation in such royal engagements has become commonplace since she married William – the second in line to the throne – in 2011.
However, relationship expert Neil Wilkie has claimed that in the early days of the Cambridges’ relationship, there was a “hell of a pressure” on the couple, amid intense media scrutiny.
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He told Express.co.uk: “The difficulty is that any girlfriend he had was under the media spotlight.
“There were questions, is she the right one for him? Is she the right one to be the future Queen?
“That’s a hell of a pressure on any girlfriend but there’s also a lot of pressure on William: ‘Am I making the right choice?’
“Am I making a choice which will be right for me but also right for the millions of people who are watching what’s going on in my life?’”
William and Kate met during their first year at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and ended up living in the same accommodation as one another.
Despite coming from very different backgrounds – Kate’s parents are self-made, rather than having inherited their wealth – William and Kate began dating.
Their relationship continued after their graduation before the couple broke up for a short period in 2007.
Some reports have claimed that the couple’s brief split was the result of intense media interest in their relationship, or that William had commitment issues.
However, the couple provided their own explanations for their time apart in their engagement interview with Tom Bradby, the year before they tied the knot.
William said the pair were both “very young” and suggested they may have needed “a bit of space”.
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Kate said she “wasn’t very happy” about their break-up at the time, but that it made her a “stronger person”.
Mr Wilkie claimed that in the Cambridges’ relationship, William might have found it “much easier” to “avoid commitment” and keep looking for a new partner until he met the “perfect person”.
In his analysis of William and Kate, the expert claimed that the untimely death of the Duke of Cambridge’s mother, Princess Diana, in 1997, may have affected his approach to his relationship with Kate.
He also said: “The reality is, nobody is a perfect person and circumstances change.
“And as he lost his mother at an early age, often there’s a subconscious fear, if I have somebody else who loves me, are they going to leave me?
“Are they going to die on me? Are they going to walk out on me? And that often will hold people back from making a true commitment.”
The Royal Variety Performance will be broadcast by ITV in December, with an exact date still to be announced.
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