Prince William and Princess Kate are now enjoying a fantastic wedding, but things have not always gone so smoothly. In fact, the couple broke up in 2007, having also spent time apart in 2004.
The couple began dating after meeting at St Andrews University in Fife in 2001, but in April 2007 it was reported that they were no longer together. A few months later, they rekindled the relationship and got married in Westminster Abbey in 2011.
And royal expert and former BBC correspondent Jennie Bond reckons that their time 16 years ago has helped keep them solid as a couple ever since. Although the Prince and Princess of Wales have been through the same ups and downs as any marriage, their relationship is said to be rock solid.
In conversation with Ok! Bond said, “I think one of the best things they did was essentially get a divorce’ before they got married. The short time they spent apart made them see what life would be like without each other. I think this has laid the foundation for a seemingly extremely happy and safe marriage.”,
Bond also estimates that the experience would have been particularly punishing for Kate. She said: “Getting dumped must have affected Catherine’s confidence at the time, but since then she has grown as a woman, as a wife, as a mother and as a future queen who would have seen her husband perform on the world stage last week. with great pride.”
Bond estimates that William depends on the strength of the friendship they have with each other, especially in difficult times. The future king has become estranged from his brother Prince Harry after he and Meghan Markle left the royal life and went to the United States in 2020.
” There are so few people that members of the royal family can turn to for advice, comfort or just to take a breath,” Bond said. “I am sure that William and Catherine are giving each other great support and that Catherine is the most incredible source of encouragement for William.
“The marriage is based on a lasting friendship and I am sure that William has used the strength of this friendship to help him cope with the loss of his partner, his brother.”