Kate Middleton and Prince William celebrated eight years of marriage earlier this year. And it's not surprising they've been together so long - because the couple had a marriage pact dating back years before their actual wedding. These two clearly knew they were meant to be.
In her royal biography, Kate: The Future Queen, royal expert and Katie Nicholl revealed the secret pact made between a young William and Kate for their future. And, somewhat romantically, it was less 'if we're not married to anyone else by 40 then let's tie the knot', and more 'let's take the pressure off and just promise we'll end up together'.
The pact was made around 2007, shortly after the future King and Queen briefly split up. Well, it takes some bumps in the road to realise what you really want, doesn't it...
The couple had reportedly flown to the island of Desroches in the Seychelles to spend some time, just them, away from normality to get back on track. According to Nicholls, Kate was feeling a little insecure about the strength and security of their relationship.
"There on the paradise island, William promised Kate that he was in the relationship for the long term," reads Katie Nicholls' book.
"For the very first time, they talked seriously about marriage, and with the ocean before them and beneath the night sky, they made a pact to marry."
The rest, as they say, is history. In 2010, Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton in Kenya, and the couple announced the exciting news to the world on 16 November of that year. In April 2011, the pair married and became officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and they went on to have Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis in the following years.
In their engagement interview, William and Kate touched upon their temporary separation, telling interviewer Tom Bradby that was an important part of the development and strengthening of their relationship.
"We were both very young," William explained. "It was at university, we were sort of both finding ourselves as such and being different characters and stuff, it was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up," the Prince continued.
"I think I... at the time wasn't very happy about it, but actually it made me a stronger person," Kate chimed in.
"You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn't realised, or I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you are younger and I really valued that time for me as well although I didn't think it at the time. Looking back on it."
H/T Cosmo UK