By Tom Butler
This week, the news was announced that the future heir to the throne, Prince William, is to marry his long-time girlfriend Kate Middleton. In these austere times, a royal wedding might be just what the country needs, but the couple haven’t made the decision lightly. In fact, their conduct throughout their very high-profile relationship has been near impeccable — including the timing of their engagement.
The royal family needs as much good PR as it can get after the high profile divorces of the 1990s, and the publicity management of William and Kate’s relationship show that the Windsors have learnt their lessons.
But what lessons can you learn from the future king’s relationship with Kate Middleton that you can apply to your own?
Take your time, don’t rush into anything
William and Kate first met whilst studying art history together in their first year at St. Andrew’s University, Fife in 2001. Although their relationship was strictly platonic initially (she was dating fellow student Rupert Finch at the time), the pair starting spending more and more time together, eventually flat-sharing before they allegedly started dating at Christmas 2003.
It was publicly confirmed that the couple were an item in 2005, but William didn’t want to get rushed into marriage, “I’m only 22 for God’s sake. I am too young to marry at my age.” The prince was quoted as saying, “I don’t want to get married until I’m at least 28 or maybe 30.” Now, after five years together, the couple have finally made the promise to wed.
The relationship may have been strained over the years (the couple briefly split in 2007), but it has stood the test of time, proving that giving a relationship time and space to breathe will only help to strengthen the bond between a man and a woman. Let’s not forget that Prince Charles got engaged to Diana Spencer after less than a year of their being together. And we all know how that worked out.
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St Andrew’s University is NOT in Edinburgh!!!!
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