Kate Middleton and Prince William made a ‘marriage pact’ years before engagement to ‘take the pressure off’
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With three children and a decade of marriage to celebrate, Kate Middleton and Prince William have come a long way since taking their vows back in 2011.
But it's now claimed that they knew they would be getting married long before they made their official announcement in 2010.
Royal expert Katie Nicholl writes in her book how the Cambridges made a deal shortly after their 2007 split that they would marry for good.
In Kate: The Future Queen, it’s claimed that Prince William, 38, told Kate, 39, that he would propose years before their engagement was made known to the public.
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While on holiday in the Seychelles the couple made a pact that they would be together forever.
Katie Nicholls writes: “There on the paradise island, William promised Kate that he was in the relationship for the long term.
“For the very first time, they talked seriously about marriage, and with the ocean before them and beneath the night sky, they made a pact to marry.”
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It was here in the Seychelles that Prince William assured Kate that they would be married in the future.
“The idea was to 'take the pressure off and just promise we'll end up together,” the story goes.
Reflecting on their brief split years later, Prince William said: “We were both very young.
“We were both defining ourselves as such and being different characters. It was very much trying to find out way and we were growing up, it was just a bit of space – things worked out for the better.”
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Kate added: "I think I… at the time wasn't very happy about it, but actually it made me a stronger person.
"You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn't realised, or I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you are younger and I really valued that time for me as well although I didn't think it at the time."
Kate and William met at university in 2001 and became a couple in 2003.
After a brief split of a few months in 2007 they announced their engagement in 2010, and married the following year.
Since then, the couple have welcomed three children – Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five and Prince Louis, two.
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