There may be an air of drama surrounding the royal family right now, but we want you to think back to happier times. All the way back to the end of 2010, to be specific, and the celebratory joy we all felt when Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton.
Now that almost a decade has passed, you might have forgotten that there was actually a hint of tension surrounding this royal moment, too. It all had to do with time — and how much of it William took before getting down on one knee. The couple began dating in 2002, which means he waited eight long years to finally make things official with Kate. They infamously broke up for a short period in 2007, but he still took three more years after they reunited to pop the question.
Of course, it all worked out for them and their precious family in the end, and now it seems that Kate looks back on the whole thing with a sense of humor. She recently paid a visit to the Evelina London Children’s Hospital where one of the patients’ moms, Sarah Ibendahl, got a chance to chat with the duchess.
After discussing the creative workshops at the hospital, Ibendahl said, “We also bonded over the fact it took our husbands like nine years before they asked us to marry them. When I mentioned it she laughed politely and gave a knowing smile.” How cute is that? We’d love to have a similarly cheeky convo with Kate!
Onlookers also noticed that Kate wasn’t wearing her sapphire engagement ring or diamond eternity band while at the hospital. It wasn’t any lingering animosity toward William that caused her to shed her glitzier rings (she still had her wedding band on), she was just following the facility’s protocol to remove anything that could be a potential hygiene hazard for the patients.
Plus, even though William took his time asking for Kate’s hand in marriage, they sped things up when it came to the actual nuptials. The pair said “I do” just five months after their big engagement news, so we’re sure there weren’t any hard feelings.
Now, let’s all hope Harry and Meghan can nip their drama in the bud just as quickly and amicably for everyone involved!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, FirstForWomen.com.