IT’S entirely normal to feel nervous about the idea of marriage.
Before tying the knot in April 2011, the Duke had known his wife Kate Middleton for almost 10 years – after they met as students at St Andrews.
Appearing on ITV’s The Day Will and Kate Got Married, royal expert Robert Lacey claimed the Duke felt he had to “audition” his wife.
He explained: “It’s been said that William was auditioning Catherine for her future role.
“And I think there’s a truth to that. William is the future King of Britain and the Commonwealth and, like it or not, part of his job was to choose a consort who would do the job well.”
After four years of dating, the couple briefly split up in Spring 2007 – which royal expert Katie Nicholls claims William initiated.
“It was William who instigated that split,” she said. “Kate wanted a sense of commitment and at that point in time, William wasn’t able to give it to her.”
In his 2020 book the Battle of Brothers, Robert Lacey also claimed that Prince William had dumped Kate over the phone while she was working as an accessories buyer for Jigsaw.
However, the split only lasted a couple of months – and when they got back…