LONDON: Prince William and his girlfriend Kate Middleton have reached “an understanding” that their eight-year relationship will culminate in marriage by 2011, a media report said on Sunday.

“Done deal”

While marriage is a “done deal” between Prince William and Ms. Middleton, both 27, it is not expected till 2011 at the earliest, the News of the World reported, quoting well-placed sources in the royal family. The plan is that by the time the Queen celebrates her diamond jubilee in 2012, Ms. Middleton will be on the palace balcony by her side as a full-fledged princess.

Insiders say the Prince and his key advisers, including his father Prince Charles, have a route map to the altar in place, with Ms. Middleton, , at its heart.

Ms. Middleton is secure in the knowledge that the secret pact has already been made, and the palace blueprint for the future, creating the Prince and Princess of Wales, is in place. — PTI