Royal author Robert Lacey noted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s long and loving relationship marks a sharp contrast with the marriages of the royal generations that came before them. The royal historian said: “The House of Windsor has an abysmal track record of marital failure, but William has broken the cycle.”
Indeed, three out of four of the Queen’s children saw their marriages ending in a divorce.
Only Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, have a strong and intact bond more than two decades after they tied the knot.
The Queen and Prince Philip had a long and successful marriage – but the same can’t be said of Her Majesty’s sister, Princess Margaret.
In July 1978, 18 years after her marriage, she finalised her divorce from Antony Armstrong Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon.
The author of Battle of Brothers, a biography analysing the relationship between Harry and William, gives much credit to the success of the Cambridges’ union to Kate.
In an article for People magazine, Mr Lacey described the Duchess as an “empathetic outsider from middle-class origins”.
Moreover, the Duke and Duchess are firm partners when it comes to the education of their children and their upbringing, the author said.
He believes the Duke and Duchess “have focused on…working to ensure that all three of their children enjoy the peaceful childhood that eluded William and Harry.”
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Kate and William celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in April by sharing two new portraits and a heartwarming video.
In the clip, they were filmed playing with their children on a beach near their Norfolk home and roasting marshmallows around a campfire.
While the couple has been married for 10 years, they have been together for much longer.
Kate and William met in 2001 at St Andrew’s University and started dating after several months of friendship.
The long period of dating helped the now Duchess to get acquainted with the role and pressure of being a member of the Royal Family.
While Kate and William are today considered pivotal players in the Firm, they did not become full-time working royals immediately after the Queen gave them their titles of Duchess and Duke.
As the prince was working as an RAF Search & Rescue pilot at the time, the Cambridges were initially based in Anglesey, Wales.
They later relocated to Norfolk, as the Duke picked up the role of air ambulance pilot, which he fulfilled between 2015 and the summer of 2017.
Shortly before Prince Philip announced his retirement from public office, Prince William stepped down from his job to play a full-time role in the Firm alongside his wife.
Today, the Duke is not just set to become the future Prince of Wales but has also launched a series of widely praised initiatives.
Last year, William launched the Earthshot Prize, a decade-long award awarding solutions to the issues the environment is facing.
After studying the issue of the early years, their impact on the development of children and the perception the society has of this period of time, Kate also launched her own personal legacy-making project: the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood.
Prince William and Kate have also collaborated on several initiatives during the years.
In 2016, alongside Prince Harry, they launched Heads Together, which aimed at breaking the stigma surrounding mental health and urged people to speak openly about their issues.
More recently, since the beginning of the Covid crisis, they raised awareness on the impact on mental health the pandemic is having on key workers.
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