The Duke of Edinburgh, who recently celebrated his 98th birthday, seems to have meddled in a few relationships in the past. When Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ marriage began to crumble, Philip reportedly took his daughter-in-law’s side. In a letter allegedly written in 1992, following their separation, Philip told Diana of his and the Queen’s disapproval regarding their son’s affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.
In 1993 book “Diana: Her True Story”, author Andrew Morton claims that Philip hosted a meeting between Diana and Charles in an attempt to reconcile them, but this ultimately failed.
In a 2007 Sunday Express report, royal correspondent Camilla Tominey revealed how Prince Philip also intervened in Prince William’s relationship with Kate Middleton.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have what many of us would describe as a fairytale romance, having met for the first time almost two decades ago.
However, their route to blissful marriage has arguably not always been so smooth.
After dating on and off for five years, in early 2007, rumours spread that Prince William might finally propose to his university sweetheart on her 25th birthday on January 9.
Despite the rumours, Prince William decided against proposing to his long-term girlfriend and broke up with her in April of that year.
The second-in-line to the throne reportedly started feeling “claustrophobic” in the relationship, but the split only lasted for a few months and the pair were back together by July 2007.
In the Sunday Express report, Ms Tominey reveals William told his grandparents he was not sure about his feelings for Kate.
The Duke of Edinburgh reportedly stepped in and warned William he was playing with fire.
Ms Tominey quotes a royal source as saying: “After they split up, William confided to his grandparents that he was not sure if he loved Kate enough.
“Now they are back together, the Queen wants William to do the right thing – either marry the girl or let her go.
“She would rather they broke up for good now than get married only to have it end in divorce if five years’ time.
“But if Kate is the one, then a five-year courtship is long enough.
“Prince Philip has told William he cannot keep stringing along Kate for ever.”
Despite his grandparents’ warning, the Prince only decided to propose to Kate three years after, in 2010, while the two were on holiday in Kenya.
However, according to 2011 book “The Making of a Royal Romance”, biographer Katie Nicholl claims the two secretly agreed to marry after their break-up.
She wrote: “The British press did label Kate ‘Waity Katy’ which she absolutely hated.
“I suppose what none of us knew was that [she] and William had actually made a secret pact to be married way back in 2007, after they got together after their second major break-up.
“And we know that this is a couple who are very good at keeping secrets.
“So really, Kate had the last laugh, because she’s got her prince.”
The pair became officially engaged in 2010 when William proposed to Kate while they were on holiday in Kenya, using his late mother, Princess Diana’s engagement ring.
The now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married in a lavish ceremony at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 and have three beautiful children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
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