Duchess Catherine’s one sad regret over engagement news revealed

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement was announced in 2010

Prince William and Kate Middleton officially announce their engagement at St James's Palace on November 16, 2010 in London, England
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News of the Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement to Prince William was met with huge excitement from royal fans. 

The future Duchess of Cambridge, then known as Kate Middleton, and Prince William are understood to have become engaged a few weeks prior to the official autumn announcement. Prince William proposed to his girlfriend of nine years whilst the long-term couple were on holiday with friends in Kenya in October. 

For the romantic proposal, the prince used the stunning sapphire engagement ring that once belonged to his late mother, Princess Diana. The couple then made the official announcement on 16th November. 

But whilst the news marked the next exciting step in their lives together, it seems that there was one aspect which Duchess Catherine may have regretted.

What was Duchess Catherine’s engagement regret?

A source has now claimed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s decision to keep news of their engagement to themselves for a little while lead to sadness for the Duchess. According to Mirror.co.uk, the couple had initially planned to make the official announcement of their engagement on November 3. 

However, devastatingly, the Duchess’ grandfather Peter reportedly passed away suddenly before she was able to tell him their wonderful news. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton pose for photographs in the State Apartments of St James Palace on November 16, 2010 in London, England

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In her book Kate: Our Future Queen, royal expert Katie Nicholl writes that: "Kate was deeply saddened not to have had the chance to tell her grandfather that she was engaged to William” adding that, “She knew he would have been delighted for her."

When was Prince William and Duchess Catherine’s engagement announced?

On November 16, the couple went on to reveal to their loved ones that they were getting married, before making the official announcement soon after. As a senior member of the Royal Family, Prince William first had to legally ask for the Queen’s consent first. 

Katie reportedly suggested that the Queen was having breakfast with Prince Philip when she got the call from her grandson. She claimed that the monarch was "thrilled to receive William's call, albeit a little surprised at the suddenness of the announcement".

A source allegedly told her: "The Queen had no idea that there would be an announcement that morning.”

"It was rather hurried, because William was apparently worried about it leaking out."

However, Katie writes: "William enjoyed outfoxing the media, and this was one announcement he wanted to make himself. The last thing he wanted was a newspaper getting the scoop, as had happened with his father's engagement to Camilla."

It’s believed that Prince William then also informed his father and stepmother, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, before calling his brother Prince Harry, who was in Hampshire at the time and was delighted at the news.

Prince William and Kate Middleton went on to marry in a beautiful ceremony at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. The couple received the titles Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from the Queen.

This year will mark their tenth wedding anniversary. 

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!