Prince William's very special bond with Kate Middleton's mom and dad

Prince William is said to 'absolutely adore' Kate Middleton's mom and dad

Prince William Kate Middleton's mom and dad
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Flashback to the spring of 2011 and royal wedding of the decade was taking place at Westminster Abbey in London. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton were tying the knot, with the fact that the future King was marrying a 'commoner' being a huge talking point around the world. 

Catherine, who is now the newly-appointed Princess of Wales, had lived a totally un-royal life until she met Prince William at the University of St Andrews. She was born to parents Carole and Michael Middleton in 1982 and grew up in Berkshire alongside her younger siblings Pippa and James.

Despite not having royal in-laws, Prince William, who recently moved from Kensington Palace to Adelaide Cottage with Catherine, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, is said to have an incredible bond with the Middleton family. 

"In William's eyes Carole and Michael can do no wrong," journalist Anna Pasternak once told Tatler, adding, "He absolutely adores them."

"Michael is charming. Really kind, soft and gentle. William loves going to the country to stay with them," the publication reported.

Prince William Kate Middleton's mom and dad

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Prince William is also said to love spending time with Kate’s mom, having lost his own mother, Princess Diana, in 1997 when he was just 15-years-old.

William, who is second in line to the throne now that his father King Charles III has taken the crown, even once opened up about whether he asked Michael Middleton's permission to ask Kate to marry him. 

Prince William Kate Middleton's mom and dad

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After proposing to Catherine during a romantic trip to Kenya in 2010, the happy couple sat down with journalist Tom Bradby for their iconic proposal interview. 

"I was torn between asking Kate's dad first and then the realisation that he might actually say 'no' dawned upon me," he laughed during the sweet sit-down chat, during which Kate showed off Princess Diana's sapphire and diamond engagement ring on her finger. 

Explaining that he decided to discuss the decision with Michael after he got down on one knee, William continued, "So I thought if I ask Kate first then he can't really say no. So I did it that way round. I managed to speak to Mike soon after it happened really and then it sort of happened from there."

Caitlin Elliott
News Editor

Caitlin is News Editor for woman&home, covering all things royal, celeb, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Caitlin started on local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree. She also worked in Fashion PR as a Press Assistant for Arcadia's Topshop before becoming a part of the Now team. Caitlin went on to add the likes of Woman, GoodtoKnow, WhatToWatch and woman&home to her writing repertoire before moving on to her current role.