PRINCE HARRY revealed that he and other members of the Royal Family did not think William and Kate would have ever made it down the aisle in a throwback interview.
Kate Middleton and Prince William met almost 20 years ago at the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were friends for a year before they moved into a house with two fellow students and the romance reportedly blossomed in 2002. In June 2005, they were photographed smiling by Kate’s father, looking very much in love on the day of their graduation ceremony.
Despite dating on and off for seven years, it was not until 2010 that the Duke of Cambridge decided to propose.
For this reason, in the years leading up to her engagement, the Duchess was dubbed “Waity Katie” as it was claimed she was simply waiting for the Prince to pop the question.
Speaking ahead of their wedding on April 29, 2011, Prince Harry admitted he thought marriage was “never going to happen” for his older brother.
According to a throwback report by Grazia, Harry also recalled how his thoughts turned to his mother, Princess Diana, and how he would have remembered her during the special ceremony.
Prince Harry’s shock verdict on William and Kate: ‘We thought they wouldn’t marry’ (Image: GETTY)
William and Kate on the day of their graduation (Image: GETTY)
He said: “We all thought that it was never going to happen for him.
“But it has happened, and I think everyone’s going to be very proud of him.
“I think he’s done the right thing. He’s waited, and he’s done it when he feels right, and it’s a huge step.”
Regarding their mother, he added: “I hope she would be very, very proud that the big day has come upon him.”
Opening up about his best man duties, Harry also joked that he was going to keep his speech clean and simple – as the Queen would have been in earshot.
He said: “I’m doing the speech along with a couple of his friends, so I will take the mickey out of him.
Princess Diana (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry in 2011 (Image: GETTY)
“I will tell a few stories, but I think my grandmother will be there, so I’ll have to be selective.
“The speech will be like any normal best man’s speech.
“Between the three of us we will make sure people know the good times and the bad times that he’s had since he was a nipper.”
Finally, Harry spoke of how he was looking forward to welcoming “fantastic’” Kate into the family.
Kate and William married on April 29, 2011 (Image: GETTY)
He added: “A younger brother or younger sister would have been nicer, but to have a big sister is obviously very, very nice.
“I’ve got to know Kate pretty well, but now that she’s becoming part of the family, I’m really looking forward to getting her under my wing – or she’ll be taking me under her wing probably.
“She’s a fantastic girl. She really is. My brother’s very lucky, and she’s very lucky to have my brother. I think the two of them are a perfect match.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK