KATE and Prince William’s marriage appears picture-perfect these days – but during their early years of courtship, a royal insider claimed the second-in-line to the throne gave her an “opportunity to walk away”.
The Duke of Cambridge proposed back in 2010 — although the two had been dating for the best part of seven years by that point. During their long courtship, royal watchers often speculated when he might pop the question. Kate was even dubbed ‘Waity Katie’ and criticised for not taking on her own career, as though she were waiting to take her place on the royal frontline.
According to royal correspondent Richard Kay and Geoffrey Levy, writing for MailOnline back in 2008, there was one pivotal moment which suggested what William really thought about the state of his relationship with Kate.
The article reads: “One thing is clear — Prince William’s decision to spend the next five years as a full-time RAF helicopter search and rescue pilot means that he and Kate Middleton will either marry soon or not marry at all.
“Incredibly even though those who are whisper-close to the future king were admitting this week they have ‘no idea which way it will go’.”
One insider told Mr Kay that William’s future with Kate is “one topic he never discusses”.
Kate Middleton and Prince William (Image: Getty)
Royal make or break? Kate at the RAF ceremony where William received his wings (Image: Getty)
However, the insiders added that they still thought William “loved” Kate despite the “make or break” scenario.
Mr Kay concluded: “But the question is this: is William’s chronic fear of being locked into the straitjacket of royal ribbon-cutting too soon so great that he is prepared to risk the relationship to avoid it?
“His decision — and according to aides, it was his decision alone — inevitably means lengthy periods of weeks and even months when he and Kate will be hundreds of miles apart.”
The royal correspondent added that he thought Kate’s response to William’s decision had been a deliberate attempt to send a message that he should not ignore her.
She had attended a roller skate party with an Eighties theme, dressed in small yellow shorts and a sparkly halter neck.
Another royal insider told Mr Kay: “His decision provides her with the perfect opportunity to walk away — if she wishes.
“He’s going to be tied up, probably in some Northern coastal station or even in Scotland, while she’s in London.”
Many royal couples in the past have had to contend with prolonged absences away from one another due to military duty, including the Queen and Prince Philip.
William worked for the RAF until 2013, when he and Kate moved back to London (Image: Getty)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had actually made a secret pact to marry in 2007 (Image: Getty)
Yet, the pair were already married when he served in Malta — which led royal watchers to ask if William was going to pop the question to Kate at the time.
However, unbeknownst to the public, Kate and William had already made a promise to one another following their brief break in 2007.
The Duke of Cambridge had promised to one day wed Kate, keen to show his commitment to her after he called off their relationship for three months.
Kate at the roller skater disco back in 2008 (Image: Getty)
Indeed, as one of Kate’s friends told Mr Kay, “if she has to wait for him, she will”.
They explained: “They have split up before, remember, and William has always come grovelling back on her terms.”
The couple survived William’s stint in the RAF, and they even moved into Anglesey, in North Wales, to be near his base in 2012.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK