Why William refused to marry Kate earlier – even though everyone told him to

When Prince William announced his engagement to Kate Middleton, his dad Charles famously joked: "They have been practising long enough."

Unlike his parents and brother, the now Duke of Cambridge waited a very long time before popping the question.

Kate and Wills knew each other for ten years before they exchanged their vows at Westminster Abbey, after meeting at university when they were 18.

They were good friends and even lived together before their romance blossomed, so many hoped William would pop the question fairly sharpish and there was reportedly a lot of pressure on him to do so.

But he refused – and his reasoning was reportedly all because of his parents.

In her book The Making of a Royal Romance, royal expert Katie Nicholl claims William vowed he would never be pressured into marriage before he was ready.

She claims he learnt from his parents ill-fated relationship and was determined he wouldn’t do the same.

She writes: "He was aware his father had been pressured into marrying Diana because she was deemed the suitable bride.

"He was reluctant to bow to similar pressure and vowed not to be hurried at the altar. He made his feelings clear, telling a journalist in an off-guard moment that he had no plans of getting married any time soon."

According to the International Business Times, he said: "Look, I’m only 22 for God’s sake. I’m too young to marry at my age. I don’t want to get married until I am at least 28 or maybe 30."

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