As any father is prone to do, Prince Charles wants to make sure his children are raised having manners and respect for tradition, which is pretty easy to do when you grow up amid dozens of rules and protocols to follow. And also like any father, he probably doesn’t wand to admit when his kids are adults, let alone having s-e-x.
Before Prince William and Kate Middleton were married, Prince Charles would not allow them to share a bed at his country home. In fact, it took about five years of them dating before the parental restriction was lifted.
Royal biographer Marcia Moody writes in her 2013 book, “Kate: A Biography”, that Kate’s assimilation into the royal family was methodical, and that she was introduced to the Will’s family “slowly and carefully”.
So slow, that the couple was already shacking up inside a student house at the University of St. Andrews when they were denied bed-sharing privileges. It should be noted that sharing a house on campus was a huge break from royal tradition. In royal circles, living together is usually saved until an engagement is made official. And at the time, Will and Kate were years away from that.
Kate and William met at university in 2001 and it wasn’t until 2006 that Will’s father let the two sleep together under his roof. That same year, Kate was officially accepted into the royal family, which was made known when Charles and Camila invited her to attend Cheltenham Festival, a big annual horse race. “It was the first time she had been seen in public with Charles and Camilla in a formal setting,” says Moody.
But it wasn’t until 2008, three years before Kate and William’s wedding (and two years from their engagement), that Kate got to meet the Queen.
[h/t Daily Express]