When Prince William and Kate Middleton became engaged, the latter knew that several aspects of her life would change — but the Duke of Cambridge promised his leading lady that unlike some other royal couples, he would make sure they stayed family-oriented.
The reveal came about during the documentary Kate Middleton: Working Class to Windsor.
Expert Katie Nicholl explained that "once you married into the royal family, you became a Windsor and that was that," but things were "different when Kate and William got married."
"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," she noted. "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.”
About two years before their nuptials, Kate's mom, Carole Middleton, had expressed her worries over what could be in store for her daughter's future.
"Carole is concerned that Kate's life has come to a bit of a standstill," Nicholl shared in 2009. "She says Kate can't get on and do normal things because of the public interest in her."
Needless to say, everything turned out great in the end, with Kate and William sharing three kids and marking their 10th wedding anniversary last year.
To celebrate the milestone, they shared a video of themselves with their kids — Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3 — on social media.
"Thank you to everyone for the kind messages on our wedding anniversary," the caption read. "We are enormously grateful for the 10 years of support we have received in our lives as a family. W&C. 📹 @willwarr."
Queen Elizabeth also shared a message, writing, "Wishing The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a very happy wedding anniversary. Today marks ten years since Their Royal Highnesses exchanged vows at Westminster Abbey."