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Prince William made this sweet promise to Kate Middleton before their wedding – and he’s kept it to this day

The Duke of Cambridge told his bride-to-be she'd never have to leave her family behind

FOR many royal brides, marrying into the Windsor family signals the end of their former lives.

But Prince William was determined to make the transition easier for Kate Middleton, by making her a sweet promise before their wedding in 2011.

 Prince William and Kate Middleton married in 2011 - but not before Wills made his bride a promise
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Prince William and Kate Middleton married in 2011 - but not before Wills made his bride a promise

Kate, now 36, is known for being close to her parents Carole and Michael, sister Pippa and brother James.

According to reports, William assured his wife-to-be that she wouldn't have to leave her loved ones behind when she joined the Royal Family.

In Amazon Prime documentary Kate Middleton: Working Class to Windsor, Vanity Fair's Katie Nicholl explains how the couple broke the mould.

She says: "Once you married into the Royal Family, you became a Windsor and that was that. Well, it was different when Kate and William got married.

 Kate Middleton is close to her parents Carole and Michael
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Kate Middleton is close to her parents Carole and Michael

"When William asked Kate to marry him, he made it very clear that she wouldn't have to leave her family behind her once she married into his family.

"He promised her that they'd always stay a part of the family and they have done.

"Whether it's joining the Queen at Ascot or being on an important barge within the Queen's fleet at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, they've been there."

 The Middletons joined the Royal Family for a WW1 memorial church service in 2016
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The Middletons joined the Royal Family for a WW1 memorial church service in 2016
 Pippa Middleton invited Prince Harry to her wedding last year
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Pippa Middleton invited Prince Harry to her wedding last year

It's true - Kate's family have attended many public events alongside the Royal Family.

In 2016, the Middletons joined the Queen and Prince Philip for a WW1 memorial service in Sandringham.

And when Pippa married James Matthews in May 2017, Prince Harry watched them exchange vows.

Harry later returned the favour, inviting Kate's entire family to his and Meghan Markle's nuptials.

In more royal news, Prince Harry has given his and Meghan Markle's baby this very cute nickname.

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And Kate has a brilliant £15 hack for wearing heels all day without being in pain.

Kate Middleton takes a leaf out of Meghan Markle’s style book and stays snug in skinny jeans and polo neck jumper on chilly outing in Essex