Just when you thought their relationship couldn't possibly feel more like a real-life fairytale, Prince William and Kate Middleton's reported marriage pact is about to give you major rom-com feels. In her 2013 biography Kate: The Future Queen, now resurfacing via a story on Cosmopolitan UK's site, royal expert Katie Nicholl claimed that Will and Kate reportedly made a pact to get married no matter what. According to Nicholl, the couple was reportedly on the island of Desroches in the Seychelles following their breakup in 2007 and Kate was reportedly feeling a little insecure about their future following the split. In order to reassure her that he was, in fact, planning on spending forever with her, William reportedly made a marriage pact with her.
"There on the paradise island, William promised Kate that he was in the relationship for the long term," Nicholls wrote in her 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."
This pact was reportedly designed to alleviate some of the potential pressure on their relationship and reassure Kate that Will felt seriously about their long-term prospects as a couple.
This isn't the first time we're hearing that Kate was reportedly not a huge fan of their temporary break. In September 2018, several publications reported that the brief 2007 split was reportedly so rough on Middleton that she decided to take a private jet to Dublin for some time away with her mom and some friends. Middleton, herself, admitted that she was only able to see the benefit of their split in retrospect during their engagement interview in 2010.
"I think I... at the time wasn't very happy about it, but actually it made me a stronger person," Kate explained. "You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn't realized, 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."
Will also weighed in, explaining, "We were both very young. 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 two have obviously made strides since the split (which only reportedly lasted four months, BTW). William stayed true to his promise and asked Kate to marry him in 2010. The two got married back in 2011 and have had three beautiful children since then. So, yeah. I think it's safe to say the pact worked out for them.