They had been talking about marriage for quite some time, but he still wanted the proposal to be a special one.
It is truly inspiring how Prince William and Kate Middleton manage to keep love and intimacy in their relationship alive despite being obedient followers of protocols and upholders of many royal responsibilities. While they aren't normally seen engaging in a public display of affection, the way they look at each other really reveals their admiration for one another.
Details from their college romance and subsequent break up did make it to the public domain but not much was revealed about their relationship after they got back together. This was probably because Kate Middleton was subjected to heavy media scrutiny when they first started dating in 2003. Therefore, the second part of their relationship majorly remained under wraps. But recently, Prince William opened up about the romantic moment when he popped THE question to Kate.
The Duke of Cambridge revealed the details from the romantic 2010 proposal during an event held to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit. “The African continent holds a very special place in my heart," he said. "It is the place my father took my brother and me shortly after our mother died. And when deciding where best to propose to Catherine, I could think of no more fitting place than Kenya to get down on one knee,” he revealed, reports Hola.
In their post-engagement interview, they had revealed a few other details related to the proposal. “We had a little private time away together with some friends and I just decided that it was the right time really,” William said. “We had been talking about marriage for a while so it wasn't a massively big surprise. I took her up somewhere nice in Kenya and I proposed.” He proposed to her in a rustic cottage at the foothills of Mount Kenya, according to Telegraph. Kate added, “It was very romantic. There's a true romantic in there.”
He also added that he had been meaning to propose to Kate for quite some time and carried his mother Lady Diana's iconic sapphire ring in his “rucksack for about three weeks” waiting for the right time to pop the question.
“I'd been planning it for a while but as every guy out there will know it takes a certain amount of motivation to get yourself going. So I was planning it and then it just felt really right out in Africa," he explained. "It was beautiful at the time. I just … I had done a little bit of planning to show my romantic side,” he confessed.
“You hear a lot of horror stories about proposing and things going horribly wrong—it went really, really well and I was really pleased she said yes.”
The romantic engagement was followed up with an epic royal wedding in April 2011 that the whole world tuned in to watch.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge soon welcomed their children, Prince George in 2014, Princess Charlotte in 2015, and Prince Louis in 2018.