Marrying into the royal family can come with a whole load of sacrifices and responsibilities.
You’ll have to say goodbye to a normal life, can’t just pop out to the shops whenever you fancy and you’ll find yourself getting around in a helicopter instead of a bus.
OK, that last one isn’t really a sacrifice.
But apparently Prince William made wife Kate Middleton’s life a lot easier when she married into his family – by making her a lovely promise which he has kept to this day.
According to reports, the now-Duke of Cambridge promised his wife-to-be that she wouldn’t have to leave her own family behind when she married into the Windsors.
Speaking on the documentary Kate Middleton: Working Class to Windsor, Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl explained how Kate and Will broke tradition.
She said: “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.
“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.”
Indeed, the Middletons have been present at many public official events alongside the Queen and the rest of the royal family.
In May Kate’s entire family attended Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding – a lovely gesture by the Duchess’ brother-in-law which shows how they have become an integral part of the wider family.
Similarly, when Pippa Middleton married James Matthews in May 2017 Prince Harry was invited – and brought along his girlfriend Meghan for the evening reception.
The Middletons have also been pictured at Ascot with the Duke of Edinburgh and at Sandringham, where the royal family spend every Christmas.
In 2017 Kate’s parents Carole and Michael were photographed heading into a Sunday church service with the royals at their Norfolk home.
They were accompanied by Kate’s brother James and sister Pippa, who attended with her now-husband James Matthews.
And in 2016 the Middleton family were seen heading into the Christmas Day church service at Sandringham along with Kate, William, Charlotte and George.
Meghan Markle’s mum Doria Ragland, with whom she has a very close relationship, is likely to enjoy the same special treatment.
In the couple’s official wedding photos, Doria was clearly welcomed into the fold – sticking close by her daughter’s side.
It’s unlikely Harry will have to have the same approach, given that Meghan reportedly hasn’t spoken to her father since he gave interviews to the press and posed for staged paparazzi photos.
Her half-sister, Samantha, who often rants about Meghan on Twitter, was also refused entry to Kensington Palace recently when she turned up unannounced.