Kate and William reportedly cemented their love with a secret ‘marriage pact’ on a luxury Seychelles trip.
The couple, who announced their engagement 10 years ago today, jetted off to the high-end resort in 2007 having reunited following a reported devastating break-up.
After five years of devotion to one another, William is said to have suffered from cold feet when he felt pressure to marry Kate earlier in the summer of 2007.
Leaving a then-25-year-old Kate reportedly heartbroken and “licking her wounds” at her family’s Berkshire home, it could have marked the end of a love story which many believe helped “save the Monarchy”.
But later in the same summer, William and Kate rekindled their love for one-another, just weeks before the Prince was pictured partying in the small hours with a blonde girl in a Fulham club basement.
Kate had reportedly told William to “let off steam” after they enjoyed a break to the Seychelles where they agreed to marry.
As part of the so-called ‘marriage pact’, the couple reportedly agreed to wait until after William had finished his Army training, as well as his Navy and RAF dutues, as reported in the Mail on Sunday’s series of the couple’s love story.
When the couple finally announced their engagement and took part in a TV interview three years later, Kate said: “I think if you go out with someone for quite a long time, you get to know each other very very well.
“You go through the good times, you go through the bad times.”
Kate added that people “can come out stronger and learn things about yourself”.
Shortly after the couple’s break-up years earlier, Kate was pictured with a self-help book in her handbag, titled ‘Love Is Not Enough: A Smart Woman’s Guide To Keeping (And Making) Money”.
But according to a royal expert, the Duchess of Cambridge started making changes ready for her royal life way before she had that stunning engagement ring on her finger.
Speaking on Channel 5’s documentary William & Kate: Too Good To Be True, royal author Tom Quinn explains that Kate started to change her wardrobe.
He said: “Her clothing almost began to reflect what people saw in her character, a kind of restraint, kind of modesty almost.
“I think that did come about because William and Kate were coming towards the point where they would announce their engagement.
“It was Kate starting to behave in ways which would be seen more appropriate for a future Queen.”
The couple made their first public appearance together at their university graduation from St Andrew’s, which was attended by the Queen, Prince Charles and Carol and Michael Middleton.
Royal expert Victoria Arbiter adds: “Graduation for William and Kate, it really was their last moment in that protective bubble.
“I think perhaps they might have both been a bit naive about what was to come.
“William understood how the media works but Kate would have had no idea what it meant to be on the receiving end.”