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NAT: ROYAL: Prince William and Kate Middleton announce their engagement: Interview with couple

Prince William and his long term girlfriend Kate Middleton (Catherine Middleton) have announced their engagement. The Prince proposed during a holiday in Kenya. The couple met when they were both students at St Andrews University. ITN Reporter Tom Bradby has been given the first exclusive interview by the couple.

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ENGLAND: London: St James's Palace: INT Tom Bradby (ITN Reporter) question SOT - William, Kate, people are obviously very curious about you, so let's start with the obvious. William, where did you propose, when, how and Kate, what did you say? Prince William interview SOT - It was about three weeks ago on holiday in Kenya. We had a little private time away together with some friends and I just decided that it was the right time really. We had been talking about marriage for a while so it wasn't a massively big surprise. I took her up somewhere nice in Kenya and I proposed. Kate Middleton (Catherine Middelton) (Fiancee of Prince William) interview SOT - It was very romantic.There's a true romantic in there (laughs). Prince William interview SOT - There is Tom Bradby question SOT - You said yes, obviously? Kate Middleton interview SOT - Of course, yes. Prince William interview SOT - Thankfully Tom Brady question SOT - And you knew you were going to do this from day one of the...

ENGLAND: London: St James's Palace: INT Tom Bradby (ITN Reporter) question SOT - William, Kate, people are obviously very curious about you, so let's start with the obvious. William, where did you propose, when, how and Kate, what did you say? Prince William interview SOT - It was about three weeks ago on holiday in Kenya. We had a little private time away together with some friends and I just decided that it was the right time really. We had been talking about marriage for a while so it wasn't a massively big surprise. I took her up somewhere nice in Kenya and I proposed. Kate Middleton (Catherine Middelton) (Fiancee of Prince William) interview SOT - It was very romantic.There's a true romantic in there (laughs). Prince William interview SOT - There is Tom Bradby question SOT - You said yes, obviously? Kate Middleton interview SOT - Of course, yes. Prince William interview SOT - Thankfully Tom Brady question SOT - And you knew you were going to do this from day one of the holiday or you waited til the end? Prince William interview SOT - I'd been planning it for a while but as any guy out there will know it takes a certain amount of motivation to get yourself going. I was planning it and then it just felt really right out in Africa. It was beautiful at the time. I had done a little bit of planning to show my romantic side. Tom Bradby question SOT - Kate, you'd been on holiday a while so did you see this coming, was he getting a bit nervous and jumpy? Kate Middleton interview SOT - No, not at all because we were out with friends and things so I really didn't expect it all. I thought he might have maybe thought about it but no. It was a total shock when it came, and very excited. Tom Bradby question SOT - And produced a ring? Kate Middleton interview SOT - Yes Tom Bradby question SOT - There and then? Prince William interview SOT - I did, yep. I had been carrying it around with me in my rucksack for about three weeks before that and I literally would not let it go, everywhere I went I was keeping hold of it because I knew this thing, if it disappeared, I would be in a lot of trouble and, yep, because I'd planned it, it went fine. You hear a lot of horror stories about proposing and things going horribly wrong - it went really, really well and I was really pleased she said yes. Tom Bradby question SOT - It's a family ring? Prince William interview SOT - It is a family ring, yes. It's my mother's engagement ring so I thought it was quite nice because obviously she's not going to be around to share any of the fun and excitement of it all - this was my way of keeing her sort of close to it all. Tom Bradby question SOT - I guess we better have a look at it. What kind of ring is it, are you an expert? Prince William interview SOT - I'm not an expert on this one at all. I've been reliably informed it's a sapphire with some diamonds. I'm sure everyone recognises it from previous times. Kate Middleton interview SOT - It's beautiful. Tom Bradby question SOT - Kate, you're going to be the envy of many? Kate Middleton interview SOT - Well, I just hope I look after it. Prince William interview SOT - She loses it she's in big trouble Kate Middleton interview SOT - It's very, very special.

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Tom Bradby question SOT - It has to be said, you both look incredibly happy and relaxed. Prince William interview SOT - We are. We're like sort of ducks, very calm on the surface with little feet going under the water. It's been really exciting because we've been talking about it for a long time so for us, it's a real relief and it's really nice to be able to tell everybody. Especially for the last two or three weeks it's been quite difficult not telling anyone, keeping it to ourselves for reasons we had to. And it's really nice to finally be able to share it with everyone Tom Bradby question SOT - You obviously have kept it a secret. Did you ask Kate's dad and what did he say and what did your respective parents say when you told them? Prince William interview SOT - Well, I was torn between asking Kate's dad first and then the realisation that he might actually say 'no' dawned upon me. So I thought if I ask Kate first then he can't really say no. So I did it that way round. I m...

Tom Bradby question SOT - It has to be said, you both look incredibly happy and relaxed. Prince William interview SOT - We are. We're like sort of ducks, very calm on the surface with little feet going under the water. It's been really exciting because we've been talking about it for a long time so for us, it's a real relief and it's really nice to be able to tell everybody. Especially for the last two or three weeks it's been quite difficult not telling anyone, keeping it to ourselves for reasons we had to. And it's really nice to finally be able to share it with everyone Tom Bradby question SOT - You obviously have kept it a secret. Did you ask Kate's dad and what did he say and what did your respective parents say when you told them? Prince William interview SOT - Well, I was torn between asking Kate's dad first and then the realisation that he might actually say 'no' dawned upon me. So I thought if I ask Kate first then he can't really say no. So I did it that way round. I managed to speak to Mike soon after it happened really and then it sort of happened from there. Tom Bradby question SOT - Kate, what did your mum say? Kate Middleton interview SOT - I think, as any mother would be, she was absolutely over the moon. Actually we had quite an awkward situation because I knew and I knew that William had asked my father but I didn't know if my mother knew. So I came back from Scotland and my mother didn't make it clear to me whether she knew or not so both of us were there sort of looking at each other and feeling quite awkward about it. But it was amazing to tell her and obviously she was very happy for us. Tom Bradby question SOT - One of the things that has been clear for a long time is you very evidently have a close-knit family and family's very important to you. Kate Middleton (Catherine Middleton) interview SOT - Yes. It's very important to me. And I hope we will be able to have a happy family ourselves. They've been great over the years - helping me with difficult times. We see a lot of each other and they are very, very dear to me. Tom Bradby question SOT - People are bound to ask, it's a bit of an obvious question, children, do you want lots of children? See what comes? What's your..? Prince William interview SOT - I think we'll take it one step at a time. We'll sort of get over the marriage thing first and then maybe look at the kids. But obviously we want a family so we'll have to start thinking about that.

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Tom Bradby question SOT - Going back to the start, people, as I say, will be very curious about the totality of your relationship. When did you first set eyes on each other and what did you think? Prince William interview SOT - It's a long time ago now, Tom, I'm trying to wrack my brain about it all. Obviously we met at university, at St Andrews. We were friends for over a year first and it just sort of blossomed from then on. We just spent more time with each other, had a good giggle, had lots of fun and realised we shared the same interests and just had a really good time. She's got a really naughty sense of humour, which kind of helps me because I've got a really dry sense of humour, so it was good fun, we had a really good laugh and things happened. Tom Bradby question SOT - Kate, what did you think of William. It's clearly not quite the same as meeting your average university student, or maybe it was, what was your first impression? Kate Middleton interview SOT - Well I act...

Tom Bradby question SOT - Going back to the start, people, as I say, will be very curious about the totality of your relationship. When did you first set eyes on each other and what did you think? Prince William interview SOT - It's a long time ago now, Tom, I'm trying to wrack my brain about it all. Obviously we met at university, at St Andrews. We were friends for over a year first and it just sort of blossomed from then on. We just spent more time with each other, had a good giggle, had lots of fun and realised we shared the same interests and just had a really good time. She's got a really naughty sense of humour, which kind of helps me because I've got a really dry sense of humour, so it was good fun, we had a really good laugh and things happened. Tom Bradby question SOT - Kate, what did you think of William. It's clearly not quite the same as meeting your average university student, or maybe it was, what was your first impression? Kate Middleton interview SOT - Well I actually think William said I went bright red when I met you and sort of scuttled off, feeling very shy about meeting you. Actually William wasn't there for quite a bit of the time initially, he wasn't there for Freshers Week, so it did take a bit of time for us to get to know each other but we did become very close friends from quite early on. Tom Bradby question SOT - There's a story that goes around that you had a picture of him on your wall. Prince William interview SOT - There wasn't just one, there was like 10, 20. Kate Middleton interview SOT - He wishes. No, I had the Levis guy on my wall, not a picture of William, sorry. Prince William interview SOT - It was me in Levis honestly. Tom Bradby question SOT - You ended up in the same flat, was that, if you don't mind me asking, before you were going out? Prince William interview SOT - No we moved in together as friends and then, because we were living together, we lived with a couple of others as well, and it just sort of blossomed from there really. We just saw more of each other, hung out a bit more and did stuff. Kate Middleton interview SOT - You liked my cooking Prince William interview SOT - Well your cooking was alright (Kate laughs) it's got better Tom Bradby question SOT - Does William ever cook or indeed do anything useful around the house? Prince William interview SOT - Define useful, Tom. Tom Bradby question SOT - Let's not go there. Kate Middleton interview SOT - He does actually. He did cook for me quite a bit at university, and it would always come with a bit of angst and a bit of anger if something had gone wrong and I would have to wander in and save something that was going. Tom Bradby question SOT - So being honest is that a skill that's declining over time or improving? Prince William interview SOT - I would say I'm getting better at cooking. Kate would say I'm getting a lot worse. Kate Middleton interview SOT - I don't give you enough chance to practice when I'm with you Prince William interview SOT - No, that is true. I get quite lazy about cooking because when I come back from work it is the last thing I want to do really is spend loads of time cooking. When I was trying to impress Kate I was trying to cook these amazing fancy dinners and all that would happen was I would burn something, something would overspill, something would catch on fire and she would be sitting in the background trying to help, and basically taking control of the whole situation, so I was quite glad she was there at the time.

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Tom Bradby question SOT - Slightly awkward for the other flatmates or okay? Prince William interview SOT - No, to be honest they were used to it, watching me catching things fire, they found it very amusing. Tom Bradby question SOT - But I mean having the two of you going out in the flat, or did they just not bat an eye lid? Prince William interview SOT - I think at first they were a bit surprised that it had all happened, then they realised it was really nice and it was good fun and we got on really well, they were good friends of ours as well so we had a good giggle with them as well. Tom Bradby question SOT - A lot of people are going to wonder, the first meeting with the families, again, not necessarily your average meeting. Kate what was your first impression of the family. Kate Middleton (Catherine Middleton) interview SOT - I was quite nervous about meeting William's father, but he was very, very welcoming, very friendly, it couldn't have gone easier really for me. T...

Tom Bradby question SOT - Slightly awkward for the other flatmates or okay? Prince William interview SOT - No, to be honest they were used to it, watching me catching things fire, they found it very amusing. Tom Bradby question SOT - But I mean having the two of you going out in the flat, or did they just not bat an eye lid? Prince William interview SOT - I think at first they were a bit surprised that it had all happened, then they realised it was really nice and it was good fun and we got on really well, they were good friends of ours as well so we had a good giggle with them as well. Tom Bradby question SOT - A lot of people are going to wonder, the first meeting with the families, again, not necessarily your average meeting. Kate what was your first impression of the family. Kate Middleton (Catherine Middleton) interview SOT - I was quite nervous about meeting William's father, but he was very, very welcoming, very friendly, it couldn't have gone easier really for me. Tom Bradby question SOT - Meeting the grandmother, the Queen, again not your average meeting with a grandmother, were you nervous about that too? Kate Middleton interview SOT - I first met her at Peter and Autumn's wedding and again it was in amongst a lot of other guests and she was very friendly and it was fine. Prince William interview SOT - She was very welcoming, she knew it was a big day and everything was going on with Peter and Autumn, she wanted to meet Kate for a while, so it was very nice of her to come over and say hello and had a little chat and got on really well. Tom Bradby question SOT - You clearly are tremendously fond of each other's families and I'm guessing that is going to be a big part of your life going forward. Both your lives. Prince William interview SOT - It definitely will. As you know, Kate's family, she's got a very, very close family and I get on really well with them and I'm very lucky that they've been so supportive. Mike and Carole have been really sort of loving and caring and really fun and have been really welcoming towards me so I've felt really a part of the family and I hope that Kate's felt the same with my family. Tom Bradby question SOT - People are bound to ask, you leave university, you have been going out a bit and you split up, famously, all over the papers, what was all that about, people are bound to want to know. Prince William interview SOT - Well I think to be honest, I wouldn't believe everything you read in the paper but in that particular instance we did split up for a bit. But that was just, we both were very young, it was at university, we were sort of both finding ourselves as such and being different characters and stuff, it was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up, and so it was just sort of a bit of space and a bit of things like that and it soon worked out for the better. Kate Middleton interview SOT - And I think I at the time wasn't very happy about it, but actually it made me a stronger person, you find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn't realised, or I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you are younger and I really valued that time for me as well although I didn't think it at the time. Looking back on it. Tom Bradby question SOT - It was a chance to re-centre yourself Kate Middleton interview SOT - Yes, definitely, yeah. Wasn't all bad. (Laughing) Prince William interview SOT - Phew! We're over that one.

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Tom Bradby question SOT - Did you kind of always have at the back of your minds that you wanted to marry each other. Did that come slowly? Did you suddenly decide a couple of weeks ago. I mean people have assumed you were going to be married for a long time. How did you both come to it in your heads? Prince William interview SOT - Well from my point of view I you know, when I first met Kate I knew there was something very special about her and that I knew there was possibly something that I wanted to explore there. But we ended up being friends for a while and that just sort of was a good foundation. Because I do generally believe now, especially, that being friends with one another is a massive advantage. And It just went from there. And over the years, I knew things were getting better and better and we went through a few stumbling blocks as every relationship does, but we picked ourselves up and carried on and you know. From where you had the odd problem when you are first getti...

Tom Bradby question SOT - Did you kind of always have at the back of your minds that you wanted to marry each other. Did that come slowly? Did you suddenly decide a couple of weeks ago. I mean people have assumed you were going to be married for a long time. How did you both come to it in your heads? Prince William interview SOT - Well from my point of view I you know, when I first met Kate I knew there was something very special about her and that I knew there was possibly something that I wanted to explore there. But we ended up being friends for a while and that just sort of was a good foundation. Because I do generally believe now, especially, that being friends with one another is a massive advantage. And It just went from there. And over the years, I knew things were getting better and better and we went through a few stumbling blocks as every relationship does, but we picked ourselves up and carried on and you know. From where you had the odd problem when you are first getting to know each other, those have all gone and it is just really easy being with each other, it is really fun and I'm obviously extremely funny and she loves that so it's been good. Kate Middleton (Catherine Middleton) interview SOT - If you say so yourself (laughs) Tom Bradby question SOT - Kate, you were obviously upset when you split up but all your friends, both of your friends, talk about there's a very substantial love that has built up over a period of time that's part friendship and obviously more than that. Kate Middleton interview SOT - Well I think if you do go out with someone for quite a long time you do get to know each other very, very well. You go through the good times, you go through the bad times, both personally but also within a relationship as well. I think if you can come out of that stronger and learn things about yourself, it certainly, it's been a good how many years? Prince William interview SOT - I've lost count - three or four? Tom Bradby question SOT - He did take his time it must be said. Did you ever want him to come on... Kate Middleton interview SOT - We've had our conversations, but I think it was.... Prince William interview SOT - We've talked about today for a while, we've talked about this happening so Kate wasn't in the dark at all. We were planning it for at least a year and if not for longer, it was just finding the right time and that's what, as most people say with couples, it's all about timing. I had my military career and I really wanted to concentrate on my flying and I couldn't have done this if I was till doing my training, so I've got that out of the way and Kate's in a good place in terms of work and were she wants to be and we both just decided now was a really good time. Tom Bradby question SOT - You are obviously going to enter this family, the most famous royal family in the world. William's mother was this massive iconic figure, the most famous figure of our age. Is that worrying? Is that intimidating? Do you think about that a lot both of you, you particularly Kate, obviously?

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Kate Middleton interview SOT - Obviously I would have loved to have met her and she's obviously, she's an inspirational woman to look up to. Obviously on this day and going forward and things, you know it is a wonderful family, the members who I've met have achieved a lot and very inspirational and so, yeah, I do. Prince William interview SOT - There's no pressure though. There's no pressure, like Kate said, it's about carving your own future. No one is trying to fill my mother's shoes, what she did is fantastic. It's about making your own future and your own destiny and Kate will do a very good job of that. Tom Bradby question SOT - This is a life in the public domain to a degree that you can't escape, you both know that. You obviously know it better than Kate does, you are obviously very protective of her. Prince William interview SOT - Massively so of course. Her and her family, I really want to make sure they have the best sort of guidance and chance to see what life has been...

Kate Middleton interview SOT - Obviously I would have loved to have met her and she's obviously, she's an inspirational woman to look up to. Obviously on this day and going forward and things, you know it is a wonderful family, the members who I've met have achieved a lot and very inspirational and so, yeah, I do. Prince William interview SOT - There's no pressure though. There's no pressure, like Kate said, it's about carving your own future. No one is trying to fill my mother's shoes, what she did is fantastic. It's about making your own future and your own destiny and Kate will do a very good job of that. Tom Bradby question SOT - This is a life in the public domain to a degree that you can't escape, you both know that. You obviously know it better than Kate does, you are obviously very protective of her. Prince William interview SOT - Massively so of course. Her and her family, I really want to make sure they have the best sort of guidance and chance to see what life has been like or what life is like in the family, and that's kind of almost why I have been waiting this long, as I wanted to give her a chance to see and to back out if she needed to before it all got too much. Because I'm trying to learn from lessons done in the past and I just wanted to give her the best chance to settle in and to see what happens the other side. Kate Middleton (Catherine Middelton) interview SOT - I'm also glad that I've had the time to sort of grow and understand myself more as well so hopefully do good job. Prince William interview SOT - Does that mean I've done well? Kate Middleton interview SOT - Yes Prince William interview SOT - Good Tom Bradby question SOT - Part of the reason it has taken you this long is you've both spent a long time contemplating the future, being calm about it, pondering it, thinking about it, is that right? Prince William interview SOT - It is. We've talked about it lots haven't we so it's always been something we've had a good chat about and, you know, like we said both of us have come to the decision pretty much together, I just chose when to do it and how to do it and obviously being a real romantic I did it extremely well. (Kate laughs) Tom Bradby question SOT - Kate, just coming to a close, people have you know put, placed some criticisms of you about your work and so on, does that hurt? How do you respond to people who say those things? Kate Middleton interview SOT - Well I think I know I've been working very hard for the family business, and sometimes those days are long days and you know I think if I know I'm working hard and I'm pulling my weight, both work and playing hard at the same time, you know I think everyone who I work with can see I am there pulling my weight and that's really what matters to me.

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Tom Bradby question SOT - You know your family, as you've said that you are very close, does it hurt about what's said or do you let it run off all your collective backs on the grounds that's just what you have to live with? Kate Middleton interview SOT - Well again I think, if you … the people around home are very supportive to us and you know those are the people that really matter to us, our close friends and close family and I think if, sort of they feel you are doing the right thing, you can only be sort of true to yourself and you sort of have to ignore a lot of what's said, obviously take it on board, but you know you have to be yourself really and that's how I have stuck by it really. Tom Bradby question SOT - It's a massive thing you are going into now, you know obviously marriage is a big thing for everyone, but it's in such a public way, excited? A little bit terrified? Prince William interview SOT - Massively excited. Quite happy when the interview's over, (laughter) ...

Tom Bradby question SOT - You know your family, as you've said that you are very close, does it hurt about what's said or do you let it run off all your collective backs on the grounds that's just what you have to live with? Kate Middleton interview SOT - Well again I think, if you … the people around home are very supportive to us and you know those are the people that really matter to us, our close friends and close family and I think if, sort of they feel you are doing the right thing, you can only be sort of true to yourself and you sort of have to ignore a lot of what's said, obviously take it on board, but you know you have to be yourself really and that's how I have stuck by it really. Tom Bradby question SOT - It's a massive thing you are going into now, you know obviously marriage is a big thing for everyone, but it's in such a public way, excited? A little bit terrified? Prince William interview SOT - Massively excited. Quite happy when the interview's over, (laughter) but no we are hugely excited and we are looking forward to spending the rest of our times, the rest of our lives together and seeing what the future holds. Tom Bradby question SOT - Kate, for you. You've had a long time to sort of contemplate this moment. Prince William interview SOT - Let's not over egg the long bit Tom (Laughter) Kate Middleton interview SOT - It's obviously nerve-wracking, because I don't know what I'm sort of … I don't know the ropes, William is obviously used to it, but no I'm willing to learn quickly and work hard. Prince William interview SOT - She'll do really well, really very well. Tom Bradby question SOT - There are a lot of opportunities obviously within the family, a huge ability to change people's lives for the better, I guess that's something you must have contemplated as well. Kate Middleton interview SOT - Yes, well I really hope I can make a difference, even in the smallest way. I am looking forward to helping as much as I can. Tom Bradby question SOT - Well thank you very much for talking to us. You look, as I said at the start, very relaxed, very happy. Good luck. Prince William interview SOT - Cheers Tom Kate Middleton interview SOT - Thank you.

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