17 Times Kate Middleton Had Prince William on a Short Leash

Amy Goldman | Jun 24, 2016 Celebrities
17 Times Kate Middleton Had Prince William on a Short Leash
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There are many occasions when it's a good idea to keep someone on a short leash. Walking an exuberant Great Dane puppy through a Dale Chihuly exhibit is one of them. Transporting a crocodile through a busy petting zoo is another. Attending a public event with your delightfully social but perhaps easily distracted husband seems like another plausible example. Prince William and Kate Middleton seem to have the perfect marriage, but even royal life gets a dosage of reality every now and again. 

So it only makes sense that Kate Middleton would occasionally feel the need to keep Prince William on a short leash, figuratively speaking. Instead of coming across as demanding or controlling, Kate seems like the sweetest and most supportive partner a royal could have. So it's all the more adorable that Will perpetually looks eager to stick by Kate's side. 

Any good relationship has balance and equality, and we can tell that this is how the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge operate. But sometimes Kate needs to put her foot down -- and we understand. However, in the end, we know that these two are partners before all else, and we just love seeing how well they work together!

Keep reading for some of our favorite examples of Will's impressive devotion -- and physical proximity -- to Kate.

  • Right This Way, M'lady

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    Will helpfully guided Kate in the right direction on their way to the Patron's Lunch in celebration of the Queen's 90th. 

  • Who Runs the World? (Kate)

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    It looked like Will wanted to reassure Kate that she was perfectly charming while meeting Michelle and Barack Obama. Which is sweet, because we'd be more than a little nervous about meeting the Beyonce and Jay Z of US politics. 

  • Rain or Shine

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    "While I appreciate the gesture, I really don't mind a spot of rain, dear."

    "No, I must protect your silky strands from developing frizz. It is my duty. The world needs this as much as I do."

  • A Helping Hand

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    Maybe Kate was worried Will would be tempted to join a pack of rhinos on their wildlife safari in Bhutan, or maybe she was just offering her husband a supportive hand. We'd believe either scenario.

  • What's the Opposite of a Restraining Order?

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    Kate looks happy as can be to have Wills by her side at the Service of Thanksgiving in honor of Queen Elizabeth's milestone birthday. He's ready to serve if she needs anything, from opening a door to a pouring cup of tea to locating a lint brush for corgi hair removal.

  • Oh Please Don't Go, She'll Eat Him Up, She Loves Him So!

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    Kate might as well be paraphrasing a line from Maurice Sendak's beloved children's tale Where the Wild Things Are in this photo. Don't stray too far from her, Will, or you just might find the tip of a finger missing by morning.

  • If You'll Be My Bodyguard

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    Kate offers a lot in exchange for Will's service as her forever bodyguard -- being his long-lost pal, calling him Betty, and letting her call him Al. Apologies to the royal couple for this comment and to Paul Simon for my butchering the lyrics to his classic single, "You Can Call Me Al."

  • Green With Envy

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    If there's one phrase that need never be applied to Kate, it's "green with envy." While the duchess undoubtedly looks great in green, she has no reason to be jealous when she has an adoring prince by her side.

  • Travel Buddies

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    We'd feel a lot better about long flights around the world if we were guaranteed to sit next to Prince William and not, say, a stranger who eats an entire tuna sandwich mid-flight.

  • Absolutely Fabulous

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    Will's pleased as punch to see his wife out and about in her origami rosebud fascinator. Who doesn't love a man who appreciates fashion?

  • Here's Looking at You, Kid

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    Perhaps loving glances like the one Kate is giving Will here are the secret to having a prince at your beck and call.

  • Cheek to Cheek

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    There's no questioning Will's devotion to Kate after seeing this photo. They're like a significantly better version of that awful Farrelly brothers movie Stuck on You, where Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear are conjoined twins. Like we said, a significantly better version.

  • Stuck a Feather in His Cap and Called It Macaroni

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    "Would you still love me if I dressed like this every day?"

    "Er, yes, dear. I might not be thrilled about it, but of course I would. For England."

  • The Couple Who Wears Hats Together Stays Together

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    Kate and Wills looked as close as ever on day two of Royal Ascot. We're pleased that sporting fancy hats is a horse racing tradition shared by our neighbors across the pond.

  • Like You Didn't Know

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    Will looks like he's reacting to someone's asking him if he thinks he's a good husband. Kate's facial expression suggests he's the absolute best. We'll take her word for it. 

  • Leading the Way


    Prince William being the best gentleman he can be and escorting his wife down the "blue" carpet. 

  • A Family Affair


    Kate's got her two favorite men right in the palm of her hand. 

  • Hard Hats Necessary?


    Sometimes keeping your husband by your side requires a little help and extra equipment.

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