Prince William, the second-in- line to the British throne, may finally tie the knot with his longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton later this year, a British newspaper has claimed.
According to 'The Daily Telegraph' Prince William's prospective father-in-law, Michael Middleton, is considering
to take a step back from running his family business, which friends say is a clear signal that he wants to concentrate on
preparations for a Royal wedding later this year.
"We are all convinced an engagement announcement is imminent," an unnamed friend of Michael was quoted as saying.
Michael Middleton, who turned 60 last year, and his wife, Carole, launched Party Pieces, which provides children's
party paraphernalia, in 1992. They are believed to have become millionaires through the company.
A friend of Kate, who was 28 last month, is confident that there is an "understanding" between the two graduates of
St Andrew's University that a wedding is now inevitable. It is simply a matter of choosing the date.
Kate, who is tiring of her "Waity Katie" nickname, is often seen walking the family's dog around her home village,
on one occasion recently with 27-year-old William in tow.
However, the newspaper claims that February is a good month for announcing Royal engagements. The news of the Prince of Wales's betrothal to Lady Diana Spencer was made public in February 1981 and they're married at St Paul's Cathedral five months later.
But, there was no official word on this from Clarence House.