Prince William’s three weeks of hell before proposing to Kate Middleton

Prince William 'granted stability' by marrying Kate says expert

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got married 10 years ago this Thursday in what marks a huge milestone for the future King and Queen consort. The pair were dating for over eight years before William finally decided to pop the question. He wanted to propose using his mother Princess Diana’s ring, which Prince Harry was in possession of at the time, so William swapped it with his brother for her gold Cartier watch.

William then stowed the ring in his rucksack and took it away with him when he and Kate went on holiday to Kenya.

For three weeks, he carried it around in his bag and was really worried about losing it or something going wrong.

Because the ring is so precious and has such sentimental value, he knew he would be “in a lot of trouble” if anything happened to it.

Finally, he picked a moment towards the end of their trip, when they flew by helicopter to Rutundu Lake high on the slopes of Mount Kenya.

In a little wooden hut, William got down on one knee and the ring slipped easily onto Kate’s finger.

William said in his engagement interview: “I had been carrying it around with me in my rucksack for about three weeks before that and I literally would not let it go.

“Everywhere I went, I was keeping hold of it because I knew this thing, if it disappeared, I would be in a lot of trouble.

“You hear a lot of horror stories and things going horribly wrong, but it went really, really well and I was really pleased when she said yes.

“It’s my mother engagement ring, so I thought it was nice because obviously, she’s not going to be around to share any of the fun and excitement of it all ‒ this was my way of keeping her close to it all.”

Reflecting on why he suddenly decided this was the time to ask Kate to marry him, William said: “I’d been planning it for a while.

“But as any guy out there will know, it takes a certain amount of motivation to get yourself going.

“Then it just felt really right out in Africa.”

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He added: “It was beautiful at the time. I had done a bit of planning to show my romantic side.”

Kate said it was “a total shock” when William produced the ring, but “very exciting”.

She added: “It was very romantic. There’s a true romantic in there.”

Since that day, it has been a fantastic ride for the royal couple.

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They kept their engagement secret at first, due to the sad passing of Kate’s grandfather, but when they finally told the family, they were all delighted.

They officially announced their engagement on November 16, 2010 and got married just five months later on April 29, 2011.

The couple tied the knot in a huge ceremony at Westminster Abbey, attended by family and friends, politicians, A-list celebrities and foreign dignitaries.

Upon their marriage, they were bestowed with the titles Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

They now have three children: Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, who turned three last week.

As the years have gone on, the couple have taken on more and more royal responsibilities, especially after Prince Philip retired in 2017.

Prince William gave a touching tribute to his grandfather after he passed away earlier this month, in which he expressed his gratitude for the kindness Philip has shown Kate since she came into the family.

He said: “I will always be grateful that my wife had so many years to get to know my grandfather and for the kindness he showed her.

“I will never take for granted the special memories m children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure, as well as his mischievous sense of humour.”

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