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A royal author has revealed that the Queen admires Kate Middleton for loving Prince William ‘for himself and not his title’ and was over the moon when the pair got married (opens in new tab).

Andrew Morton told OK! (opens in new tab) that Her Majesty was really taken with Kate’s clear feelings for her grandson and strongly supported the match.

He says that "The thing about Kate is the Queen was impressed she adored and loved William for himself, not for his title.”

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smile following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England.

He then revealed that the Queen “spends a lot more time supporting and nurturing the relationship between William and Catherine than she did with Charles and Diana”.

William's mother and father, Prince Charles and Princess Diana famously divorced in 1996 after a tumultuous marriage and rumours that, his now-wife Camilla (opens in new tab), was the third person in their relationship.

He went on to add “It’s pretty clear she wasn’t going to make that mistake again. Everything that happened in [Kate and William’s] relationship was quite strategic, quite thought through, after a period of time.”

Queen Elizabeth II (R) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) watch a fashion show at De Montfort University on March 8, 2012 in Leicester, England

The Queen's views on the couple are shared by royal fans, who often react to their rare but sweet moments of PDA. One moment in particular set fans swooning, as at a royal engagement in March 2022, William held an umbrella over Kate (opens in new tab) to shield her from the rain.

Ahead of their 11th wedding anniversary, it was also reported that William and Kate ‘still fancy’ and can’t get enough of each other (opens in new tab)

No doubt their clear devotion to each other reminds the Queen of her own long and happy union with her late husband, Prince Philip. To whom she was married for over 70 years.

Naomi Jamieson
Naomi Jamieson

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard Diploma in Journalism from the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, fashion, and entertainment for Goodto.com and My Imperfect Life.