After months of speculation, the announcement of the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton has everyone buzzing! Daphene Barak is one of the world’s leading interviewers. In this issue, she shares her exclusive access to the royal family with OK! readers. So was Kate responsible for pushing Wills to pop the question? Get Daphne’s insight after the jump!

Having spent time with William and Harry on quite a few occasions, I can say that within the last few months, William has changed. He’s matured and is behaving like a future king, showing responsibility and saying “I have to go home,” while Harry continues to engage everyone around with his non-stop partying.

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Many of those closest to William tell me the proposal happened because Kate hasn’t made any royal mistakes or fallen in any traps.

Kate’s family has been focused for years to make sure this engagement would happen. A royal family insider tells me, “Some of Kate’s friends and problematic relatives were frozen out of daily contact because they might have cause a risk for Kate becoming the next queen.”

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Chelsy Davy, Harry’s on-and-off girlfriend, told me, “When I was with Harry, I needed to be careful of everything I did and declined even charity invitations.”

Chelsy found that hard to do, but Kate followed proper protocol. A friend of Harry says, “As much as William can have extra drinks or become childish, Kate is always in control. He can alwsys rely on her to make sure he is not embarrassed. On occasions when William and his friends had too much fun, Kate showed up and told them not to ‘make fools of themselves and not to forget who Williams is!’ ”

By giving Diana’s ring to Kate, William symbolically says she would approve of Kate.

Diana wished the crown would go directly from the queen to William. Kate, by becoming suitable to be Wills’ queen, has ultimately revived this scenario.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton Nov. 23

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