Newly Engaged Prince William & Kate Middleton Give Their First Joint TV Interview


Yesterday morning the world awoke to the very happy news that Prince William of Wales and his longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton had gotten themselves engaged to be married and right now we get to hear from the happy couple themselves in their first joint television interview since announcing their engagement. Here is a screencap and some deets from the royal couple’s interview where they discuss how they got engaged and more!

Prince William said in a British television interview on ITV [Tuesday] afternoon that he “just decided it was the right time” to pop the question to Kate Middleton while “on holiday” in Kenya. “We’d been talking about marriage for a while so it wasn’t a massive surprise,” he said. “I had been planning it for a while. It really felt right in Africa. I had done some planning to show my romantic side.” Added Kate, “It was a total shock and very exciting.” Said William: “I was carrying the ring around for three weeks in a rucksack before that. And I literally would not let it go, wherever I went.” He added that having the engagement be made public finally is “a real relief.” Kate says the ring – which was Princess Diana’s engagement ring from Prince Charles – is “beautiful. I just hope I look after it. It’s very, very special.” When the interviewer told the couple they looked calm, William replied, “We’re like ducks. So calm on the surface, but little feet going crazy underwater.” Was it love at first sight? “When I first met Kate I knew there was something very special about her,” he said. “We went through a few stumbling blocks like any other relationship, but we picked ourselves up.” He added, “I’m obviously extremely funny and she loves that.” Kate chuckled at that. “When you go out with someone you go through the good times, the bad times, you can really learn things about yourself,” she said of their 8-year relationship. As for Wills taking his time, Kate said, “We’ve had our conversations.” “We were planning it for at least a year, if not longer,” said William. “Kate wasn’t in the dark.” He needed to finish his military training. “We both decided now was a really good time.” Is the Princess Diana legacy intimidating? “I would’ve loved to have met her,” said Kate. “She’s an inspirational person to look up to, this day and looking forward at things.” William noted, however, “It’s about carving her own future. No one’s trying to fill my mother’s shoes.”

GAHHHH! I can’t even stand how awesome this is! I really love that William was carrying around Diana’s ring in his “rucksack” for weeks before he got up the courage to ask Kate to marry him … and what a gorgeous ring at that!

I mean, yeah, the couple have been together for 8 years and they may have discussed marriage along the way at some point but I *know* that that moment when William actually asked Kate to marry him, it was a huge exciting surprise for her. I really could NOT be happier for Wills and Kate. The day that many of us have dream for has finally come … and a royal wedding is close at hand. After the jump, check out video of William and Kate’s first TV interview yesterday — it’s pretty cool, for some of you it will be the first time you’ll get to hear Kate Middleton actually speak …

Despite the reserved stoicism of the couple, you can really tell that they are in love. They have been together for so long, I’m quite confident that they both know each other very well. I can’t WAIT for these two to get married … next year’s Royal Wedding is going to be epic, I just know it. If YOU are a big fan of the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton then YOU can start collecting memorabilia which pays tribute to the royal couple:

Items like this mug have already begun to go on sale to commemorate the engagement of William and Kate … I can only imagine what else will come from the couple’s upcoming nuptials. I am still so jazzed by news of the couple’s engagement … I can’t wait to follow them every step of the way right up to the marriage aisle :D

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  • ES

    Finally! I’m in LOVE with the ring.

  • Mr,.Gyllenhaal

    I don’t really know a lot about her other than she is Prince William’s girlfriend of eight years. She seems well spoken and she is stunning. I can’t wait for this wedding. One must also point out to Jessica Simpson how an engagement ring with a colored stone should look like:)!! It is stunning and has so much marvelous history!

  • periz

    i loved his response about no one filling his mothers shoes and carving your own destiny. :) it was the perfect response.

  • Meghan

    This is such a famous ring and I’m glad to see it reemerge on the finger of William’s fiancee. So great that Diana’s presence is still felt. I can’t wait to see this wedding!

  • Kelly

    Amazing couple. Can’t wait for the wedding!!!

  • katherine

    This totally explains why both my mother and grandmother have similar-style rings bought in the late 70s/early 80s!
    Also, Kate is flipping gorgeous!

  • Jessica

    Did you know that Harry actually had possession of the ring. Apparently when Diana died, they got to pick what jewelery they wanted- Harry picked the ring and William picked a watch. But Harry decided to give the ring to William to proprose because the future queen of england should have the ring. Isn’t that amazing?

    • @Jessica — OMG, I love that. This whole engagement thing is so much fun … and it just sounds better and better the more we hear.

  • Susan

    Gosh Kate is just gorgeous! Oh to have her wardrobe and hair….

  • Gee

    @Jessica- I remember reading that, too. No one else had mentioned it so I was beginning to question myself! Can’t remember which book it was in for the life of me.

  • Anno

    Absolutely thrilled for them. Really wished he picked out his own ring though. Alot of heartache and unhappiness came with that ring. At least two wonderful young men came from that union.

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  • Shan

    Gorgeous… her, him, the ring, everything! I cannot say enough happy and positive things about this, and seeing them together in these clips gives us such a nice, rare glimpse of how special and loving their relationship is. I, too, can’t wait for this royal wedding! Congrats Will and Kate!

  • dholmas

    Love the ring. Sapphires are so pretty. My engagement ring is a sapphire that I picked out. So happy for this couple and about time. LOL.

  • just heard on ET Canada that miss katie can drink prince william under the table, lol … good to know this future Queen of England can partay, woot woot!! spice up the currently drab-feeling royal family.

  • danielle

    I dunno, that ring is pretty fug. :/

  • momo

    @ Anno, i intially felt that way too. either way i am so SUPER stoked about it!!! there is definately something to be said about princes and princesses :)))