William took so long to propose to Kate as he ‘wanted her to be really sure’

Prince William took so long to propose to Kate Middleton as he "wanted her to be really sure", according to a royal expert.

The couple had been dating for eight years before Wills finally popped the question in October 2010 while the pair were on holiday.

Kate was even given the rude nickname "Waity Katie" because of how long she had been waiting for a marriage proposal.

Duncan Larcombe told OK! Magazine that the Duke of Cambridge "knew she was more than capable" but "wanted her to be really sure, hence the long courtship."

“It seems crazy now, but before the wedding, some people thought Kate was a little dull. There was a bit of ‘she’s no Diana’ and ‘she’s never going to be a style icon’ – but look how she’s proved them wrong," he said.

"She was never going to be a rock-star, red-carpet royal, but in the last 12 months post-Megxit, we have really seen the coming of age of Kate.

“She is really starting to look like a queen-in-waiting.”

The couple kept their engagement a secret for weeks following the death of Kate's grandfather Peter Middleton who died aged 90 on November 2.

William had presented his then-girlfriend with his mother Princess Diana's stunning sapphire ring after getting down on one knee on holiday in Kenya in October.

A few days later, the couple attended the wedding of friends Harry Meade and Rosie Bradford in Cheshire, prompting “Will they be next?” headlines.

Then on November 16, 2010, the Palace announced the couple's happy news.

The statement, released at 11am, said: “The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton. The wedding will take place in the spring or summer of 2011 in London.”

Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying the Queen was “absolutely delighted”.

She later told a guest at Windsor Castle: “It is brilliant news. It has taken them a long time.”

And Prince Charles joked: “I’m thrilled. They have been practising long enough. It makes me feel very old.”

Prince Harry said: ”I am delighted my brother has popped the question. It means I get a sister, which I’ve always wanted.”

The couple will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary on April 29.

The pair are said to be planning a low-key celebration with their three children, George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, three.

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