There were millions of people watching as Kate Middleton and Prince William got married. A real life fairy tale wedding with a prince and all the beautiful trimmings fit for a royal wedding.
But for a while there, it appeared that Kate might not marry her prince after all.
The story of Kate Middleton and Prince William is the ultimate getting back together after a break up story. As it turned out, they were able to commit to each other, with nothing less than a happily-ever-after ending.
Kate and Prince William had been dating for eight years before he finally popped the question.
During the course of their courtship, William was constantly being hounded about when they would get married. William made it clear that he had no real intention of getting married until he was in his late 20's or maybe even 30, which was at least 8 to 10 years away.
What was a potential princess to do? Her choice was to enjoy spending time with her man and wait patiently for her prince to eventually ask for her hand.
From 2002 until 2007, the couple, by all appearances, enjoyed an exclusive relationship.
One day, Kate got a bit of bad news, when her prince told her that he wanted to take a break from the relationship. He explained that it wasn’t fair for her to have to wait for a marriage when he just wasn’t ready.
Can you imagine how hard it was for her to participate in that conversation? After five years of dating, for reasons I'm sure she didn't really understand, her steady boyfriend tells her that he wants to break up.
Think about this for a minute. If break ups are hard for you and me, imagine an heir to the throne, the possible future king of England, ending your relationship. It was reported that Kate was completely devastated and heartbroken by the news.
Kate was probably able to feel that the energy in the relationship was shifting, and that perhaps her prince was pulling away and distancing himself from her. More than likely, she wasn't doing anything differently than she had been doing for five years. But as the pressure was increasing on William to either commit to Kate or break off the relationship, something made him hesitate and question whether or not he was truly ready for a commitment to her.
One can only imagine how she felt as the decision was not mutual. It was William's decision and she had a choice to make. She could have curled up in a corner and decided that her life was now over. She could have thrown a fit and demanded an ultimatum of an immediate marriage. She could have clung on to him showing neediness, fear and the inability to give him the space he said he needed.
But Kate was too smart for that. Even though this was the last piece of news she ever wanted to hear, she agreed that it might be a good thing for them to have a bit of space and maybe do some soul-searching about their future.
I'm sure she had more than one good cry over the news, and I'm sure she was afraid that she had lost her prince forever.
But, this very smart young lady pulled herself together. Her family and friends rallied around and supported her. She went out. She kept busy. She started gaining the interest of other handsome men. She held her ground.
You know the outcome. William returned to her after only six weeks. He proposed and millions of people watched Kate, now a gorgeous bride, marry and become a princess.
What was it that made Prince William change his mind about committing to Kate? It was the understanding that his life was better with her. He didn’t want to live without her in it and he knew it.
After they got back together, he chalked up the split to things like needing space, growing and deciding if a marriage was what "they" really wanted. I’m pretty sure that one of them wanted a marriage all along.
Could it be that you are feeling a shift in your relationship? Are you feeling like your partner is becoming distant and there’s nothing you can do about it? How do you rekindle the closeness and intimacy you once shared? Is a commitment in your future, and how can you possibly expect to get one when the two of you appear to be drifting apart?
If you are interested in getting back together after a break-up, or getting a commitment from your partner, patience and a good plan are important. We all deserve a happily-ever-after future, just like Kate Middleton and Prince William.
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