Duchess Fergie Offers Marriage Advice for Kate Middleton

04/21/2010 at 10:50 AM EDT

Duchess Fergie Offers Marriage Advice for Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton
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Prince William may not have popped the question yet to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton – but that hasn't curbed anybody's enthusiasm about their future union. In fact, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, was happy to share some advice for Middleton based on her 10-year marriage to Prince Andrew.

"Remember that you're marrying a beautiful man you are in love with and remember to make time for him," she told Popeater, "because I didn't. Andrew and I spent 40 days together for the first five years of our marriage. I didn't know that would be the case, but figured it out two weeks after I was married."

Speculation that Prince William and Middleton will wed reached a fever pitch earlier this month after Tina Brown reported on the Daily Beast that the dates June 3 and 4 on the Buckingham Palace calendar were "mysteriously blocked out" for the possible announcement of their engagement, with nuptials to follow in November.

For more on Prince William and Kate Middleton's marriage plans, including when he'll pop the question and how she won his heart, check the newest issue of PEOPLE on stands this Friday

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