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5 photos that show Prince William's close bond together with his in-laws the Middletons

William and Kate dated for seven years before tying the knot at Westminster Abbey in April 2011.

During their early years, Kate's sister Pippa Middleton would often join Kate to observe William play in charity polo matches, and just one occasion even participate in an old boys' match at Eton College .

Since Kate and Pippa are both very close, the Duke has also matched this bond. In 2014, Pippa talked on the Today show about how tight knit she is together with her older sister and Kate's husband, saying: "We're very close. And, you know, we support one another and obtain each other's opinions and things."

At Pippa's wedding to James Matthews in 2017, Prince William was snapped chatting and laughing with Kate's younger brother, James Middleton.

Prince William has always been close with James but their relationship was seen to be solidified in 2019 following James' op-ed within the Daily Mail where he opened about his battle with depression three years prior. 

"I feel compelled to speak about it openly because this is often precisely what my brother-in-law Prince William, my sister Catherine and Prince Harry are advocating through their psychological state charity Heads Together," he wrote. "I want to talk out, and that they are my motivation for doing so."

Although they typically spend Christmas with the royalty at Sandringham, William and Kate have enjoyed occasional Christmases with the Middletons in Berkshire.

Before their marriage, the Duke promised Kate that she wouldn't need to be separated from her family over the vacations and it seems William has kept that promise. 

In 2018, Prince William toured for five days round the Middle East , including the traditional city of Jerash. His wife, Kate, had visited the ruins together with her father Michael and sister Pippa within the 1980s once they lived in Jordan. 

Coming across an old photograph of the trio placed near the precise same rock Kate had played on decades earlier, William laughed, saying: "Michael's looking very smart in his flip-flops."

The royal then tried to recreate the photo, and was photographed within the same spot, before commenting: "Need to return back with the family for this shot."

Walking the gorgeous royal bride down the aisle, Michael Middleton and his daughter were treated to William's humour once they reached the altar, after the groom joked to Michael: "Just a quiet family wedding, then."

Before proposing to his girlfriend in Kenya in 2010, William didn't ask Michael for his blessing.