Becoming a princess doesn’t happen overnight.  After announcing a royal engagement, Prince William assured the public that “he wanted to learn from lessons done in the past to give [Kate Middleton] the best chance to settle in and to see what happens on the other side.”  Middleton believes, “William’s a great teacher, so he’ll be up to help me.”  It was evident Middleton was practicing her royal etiquette, accompanying Prince William to a cancer charity event in Norfolk, England, according to People.   A royal source confirms, “Between now and the wedding there will be occasions when Catherine does shadow Prince William, to learn the ropes and see how things go.”

How do you prepare your partner to handle your career?

Cupid’s Advice:

You might not be preparing your partner to join the royal family, but a hectic career can feel just as foreboding.  Cupid has a few helpful hints:

1. Opportunities: If your career leaves little time for leisure, spend parts of your day with your partner by involving them in everyday activities like working out at the gym.  Engaging in quality time will strengthen your relationship for the time you’re apart due to your job.  It will show your partner that even though you enjoy your job, you don’t intend to throw him by the wayside.

2. Company: When you’re keeping busy hours, make sure your partner isn’t waiting late into the night for you to come home.  Introduce him to your co-workers’ spouses, and hold joint gatherings to keep your group closely knit.

3. Practice: Just like Prince William gave Kate Middleton time to get used to the royal lifestyle, make sure to give your partner the heads up as to what he has coming for him when it comes to your career.  While you’re dating, bring him to events and get him accustomed to the routine.