If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission.Nowadays, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s marriage and enduring romance seems like the stuff of fairy tales and happily ever afters. But longtime royal fans will dutifully recall this was not always the case for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The couple’s early on-again, off-again relationship is just one of many subjects covered in Tina Brown’s new royal book, and one chapter details a pivotal moment in their relationship when William wasn’t even sure Kate was “the one” for him.Brown recalls how “bored with each other” Kate and William looked at the races at Cheltenham in the late aughts. Kate had been patiently waiting for William to finally propose after years of dating, but William wasn’t so sure he was ready to settle down.
“A William-circle source let the mortifying nugget drop that while the Prince was extremely fond of Kate, he never thought of her as ‘the one,’” Brown writes.“He was ‘too young to settle down and wanted to throw himself into his career as an army officer,’” she continued. “‘All the fun has gone,’ William allegedly complained. ‘I don’t want to be nailed down.’” While this new insight illuminates how William strung Kate along before finally proposing to her, it’s really not that surprising. After all, we already new, based on revelations from royal biographer.