Prince William Made a Sweet Promise to Kate Middleton Before Their Royal Wedding

Prince William promised Kate Middleton when they got married that she wouldn't have to give up time with her family to join his.

  • When normal people marry into the royal family, they have to make a lot of compromises—and for many, that's meant losing a lot of their time with their own families.
  • Prince William made sure that wouldn't be the case for his wife, Kate Middleton, however. He promised her before their wedding that she wouldn't have to give up her family to join his.
  • "He promised her that they'd always stay a part of the family and they have done. Whether it's joining the Queen at Ascot or being on an important barge within the Queen's fleet at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, they've been there," royal expert Katie Nicholl explained.

Marriage is all about compromises, no matter who you are. When you marry into the royal family, however, you usually have to make more compromises than the average person. When Prince William and Kate Middleton (opens in new tab) tied the knot, however, they agreed that she wouldn't have to give up everything about her family traditions just because she was joining The Firm.

In the Amazon Prime documentary Kate Middleton: Working Class to Windsor (opens in new tab), royal correspondent and biographer Katie Nicholl (opens in new tab) explained the agreement that Will and Kate made to guarantee she would still have plenty of time with the Middleton family after their wedding.

"Once you married into the Royal Family, you became a Windsor and that was that. Well, it was different when Kate and William got married," Nicholl explained, according to The Sun (opens in new tab). "When William asked Kate to marry him, he made it very clear that she wouldn't have to leave her family behind her once she married into his family. He promised her that they'd always stay a part of the family and they have done. Whether it's joining the Queen at Ascot or being on an important barge within the Queen's fleet at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, they've been there."

Just more proof that Will and Kate (opens in new tab) are a perfect couple.

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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.