Prince William is believed to have spoken with his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, when he was a teenager about eventually meeting the right person to share his life with. And the late princess reportedly advised the now Duke of Cambridge to get to know his partner and become her friend before tying the knot.
Royal author Duncan Larcombe believes Prince William successfully achieved that with Kate and, by marrying the right person, has carried out his “most important royal duty” to date.
He told OK! magazine: “William always remembered Diana’s advice about taking time to get to know his future bride.
“He knew she spoke from bitter experience as she had only met Charles a handful of times before they wed.
“When a person marries into the Royal Family, traditionally they are either the perfect fit or a bull in a china shop battling against the institution.
“William knew his most important royal duty was to marry well, and he found the perfect fit in Kate.”
Prince William and Kate met at St Andrews University in 2001, four years after the death of Princess Diana.
The pair are believed to have become good friends before they started dating.
Kate and William returned to St Andrews University in May last year, 20 years after they met, as part of their tour of Scotland.
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There, they met Geography and History of Art students – the courses attended by William and Kate respectively – to learn more about the Can Do scheme which has hosted hundreds of moral boosting events for students on campus since its launch.
They then joined an interfaith discussion with students and planted the first tree for the St Andrews Forest, one of the key initiatives launched by St Andrews as part of its plan to become carbon neutral by 2035.
Kate and Prince William married in 2011, after which the Duke didn’t immediately embrace full-time royal duties.
William worked first as a member of the RAF Search & Rescue team and later as a helicopter pilot at East Anglia Air Ambulance (EAAA).
Meanwhile, the Duchess stepped into royal life by acquiring patronages and developing her work in key areas of interest including addictions, early years and mental health.
A decade later, Kate has launched legacy-making initiatives stemmed from her early work, including the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood.
Prince William stepped down from his role at EAAA in the summer of 2017, a few weeks before Prince Philip retired from public life.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have since become more and more prominent within the Firm and are now considered by many royal watchers among the most beloved and sought after royals.
As Prince William is second-in-line to the throne, he is set to become the next Prince of Wales, with Kate likely to adopt the title once assumed by his late mother.
Over the next months, Kate and William will likely be very visible as Royal Family members will travel across the country and the Commonwealth to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.
Moreover, 2022 is to be a milestone year also on a personal level for the Cambridges, who are both turning 40.
Kate is to celebrate this milestone birthday on Sunday.
She is widely expected to spend the day privately with her loved ones.
A source told the Mirror: “It’s very much a scaled-down occasion this year for the Duchess, who will celebrate privately with her family.
“Of course she is mindful of the current situation. She will be surrounded by loved-ones and that’s all that matters.”