This week, the Cambridges concluded a difficult royal tour of the Caribbean during which they faced protests in both Belize and Jamaica. Upon William and Kate’s arrival in Belize, the couple were met with protests from villagers over a land dispute involving a charity of which the Duke of Cambridge is patron. Then, in Jamaica, the couple’s arrival also sparked protests and an open letter written by 100 prominent citizens calling on William to apologize for the royal family’s role in the slave trade.
During a meeting with the royal couple in front of the cameras, Prime Minister Andrew Holness also spoke of his desire for Jamaica to become a republic, telling William that his country intends “to fulfill our true ambitions and our destiny as an independent country. , developed and prosperous”. the country”.
A tumultuous tour ended with a trip to the Bahamas, where William and Kate’s arrival was greeted with a letter from campaign group The National Reparations Committee calling on Britain to pay reparations for the slave trade.
As two of the most popular members of the royal family, William and Kate were perhaps unaccustomed to the backlash they received on the Caribbean trip, which was planned to mark the platinum jubilee of the Queen.
However, according to royal expert Ms Nicholl, the press pressured Kate and William to wed before their engagement in 2010.
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Despite questions being raised in media circles over whether William, who is second in line to the throne, would propose to Kate after the couple’s long courtship, Ms Nicholl claimed they had struck a secret love pact.
In her 2011 book ‘The Making of a Royal Romance’, Ms Nicholl said: “The British press called Kate ‘Waity Katy’ which she absolutely hated.
“But I guess what none of us knew was that [she] and William had actually made a secret pact to get married in 2007, having reunited following their second major breakup.
“It was a secret pact and we know they are a couple who are very good at keeping secrets.
The royal expert noted that William could not marry Kate straight away as he had to complete his military training as a Royal Air Force helicopter pilot.
Ms Nicholl also claimed that Kate’s mother, Carole Middleton, was increasingly concerned that Kate and Will were still married.
Ms Nicholl alleged: ‘I know it was Christmas 2009 when Carole started to worry.
“Kate was approaching her thirties, there was still no ring on her finger.”
Ms Nicholl claimed Carole expressed her concern to William, who assured his future mother-in-law that he would eventually marry Kate.
Ms Nicholl added: “And he was true to his word.”
William and Kate married at Westminster Abbey in 2011 to a national television audience of 17.6 million viewers.
Months earlier, after announcing their engagement, the royal couple explained why they briefly split in 2007.
William explained: “We were both very young.
“We found each other. It was really trying to find our own way and we were growing.
Kate added: ‘At the time I wasn’t very happy. But in fact, it made me a stronger person.
“The Making of a Royal Romance” was written by Katie Nicholl and published by Tantor Media in 2011. You can find it here.