The future king of England, Prince William, is gorgeous and rich. If that trifecta weren’t enough to make him one of the most sought-after bachelors pre-Kate, the killer boyfriend skills we witnessed once they started dating effectively sealed his dreamboat status. Here, we recap our favourite traits any quality boyfriend can learn from Will (if he doesn’t already have them!).
He’s protective without being overbearing. Once their relationship became public, Will was explicit in trying to protect Kate from paparazzi hounds as much as possible. He didn’t resort to being overprotective or angry over the situation, but handled it as coolly as possible.
He doesn’t shy away from tricky family obstacles. William knew that any girlfriend would fall under intense scrutiny (not only in the public eye, but from the royal family as well), and so took his time integrating Kate into family and royal events. However, Kate was always invited to royal events where William had a say.
He keeps the relationship between them. Obviously royal relationships have to maintain a certain degree of discretion, but it was smart and considerate for William to choose to keep their relationship a secret for as long as they did. Their relationship was able to progress naturally in the beginning stages without the added pressures of public judgement. Their relationship remained between he and Kate even after they went public. The two were caught a few times showing PDA but it was a rare sight.
He values her opinion. In his early years at St. Andrew’s University, William considered dropping out or transferring because he didn’t enjoy the program he studied with Kate, art history. However, rumour has it that it was Kate who convinced him not to waste the work he’d already done and to continue in a different program.
He’s honest about his intentions. Prince William courted Kate for almost a decade. Though Kate was nicknamed Waitey Katie by some Brit media (so called because she had to wait so long for Wills to propose), Will was honest from the beginning about his intentions. He made no secret of wanting to wait to get married, saying in a 2004 interview that he [doesn’t] want to get married until [he’s] at least 28 or maybe 30. True to his word, Wills didn’t propose until after he turned 28.