Kate Middleton and Prince William have been married for a little more than 10 years. Their love story goes way back, as the two met in college.
Just as any other couple, Kate and William have had their ups and downs. And now, new reports emerge about what really happened as the couple split for a short period in 2007.
As reported by Express, Kate Middleton was said to have been “desperately unhappy” with William after he was “cheapening her image.“
The last number of years, a lot of focus has been on Harry and Meghan Markle. Their love story is something else, but in fact, his brother William and Kate Middleton also has a wonderful story to tell.
Just like any couple, they also have had their ups and downs. But in the end, the couple have formed a wonderful family.
Prince William & Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton and Prince William go way back to the time they were students. And over the years, she learned what royal life was about, turning into the paparazzi’s new subject to stalk.
William and Kate have always have seemed to be very happy in each other’s company. However, they also had a very tough time in 2007.
Now, new reports suggest how Kate felt about it – and to be honest, it could’ve put an end to their romance as we know it today.
Kate Middleton and William both studied at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The couple met through friends. Although at first, Kate was really shy.
“I actually went bright red when I met you and scuttled off feeling very shy about meeting you,” she recalled.
“William wasn’t there for quite a bit of the time initially, he wasn’t there from Fresher’s Week, so it did take a bit of time for us to get to know each other.”
William, however, didn’t really recall the first meeting, saying he had to “wrack his brains” to remember it.
From the start, Kate and William were nothing but really good friends. However, as the years at university went by, things became more serious.
Kate Middleton & William’s love story
The two started dating, and reportedly, it all began at a student fashion show. Kate caught William’s eye with a sheer outfit, which cost about $40 as reported by Insider.
According to the documentary, “The Day Will and Kate Got Married,” which aired in April of 2021, it was that specific outfit that changed everything.
“A switch had been flicked, he suddenly saw her in a different light, and I really believe that was the turning point in their relationship,” Katie Nicholl, Vanity Fair’s royal correspondent, said in the documentary.
Soon, they were deeply in love. And even though the outfit Kate wore was very special for him, William explained that everything changed as soon as they started hanging out.
“We were friends for over a year first and it just sort of blossomed from then on,” William told The Telegraph.”We just spent more time with each other and had a good giggle, and realized we shared the same interests.”
William and Kate spent a lot of time together, getting to know each other at university. In 2005 both of them graduated. Kate Middleton got a degree in art history and William in geography.
First public appearance in 2006
By this point, things started to get serious. William and Kate both had publicly announced that they were dating, and by the time they graduated, they had already lived together for quite some time.
A year later, in 2006, Kate Middleton mad her first public appearance with the Royal Family. Later that year, she, with her family alongside her, attended the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy, in which William appeared.
Being a member of the Royal Family must be a wonderful thing. The life itself seems pretty easy with all the money, nice houses, and fancy dinners. However – as we have seen in history, for example with Princess Diana – it can also be very tough. Especially considering the British tabloid press, who can be really harsh once they find a person to stalk.
And for Kate Middleton, this was also the case, as she became a subject of intense media fascination all over the country. After all, she was dating a future king. But at the same time, it’s not an excuse for the media to dig deep into her private life.
In 2007, it was reported that William and Kate had split. And some of the reports painted a picture of it as being pretty inappropriate.
William & Kate – breakup in 2007
“He broke up with Kate because he’s met someone else who’s turned his head,” an anonymous source told The Observer at the time. “She’s from a decent background but is very naughty and he finds her much more exciting.”
“I don’t think it’s really over,” a friend of Kate’s told People. “I don’t think this is the last you’ll see of the two of them.”
This love story would turn into a good one just a year later. In 2008, Kate Middleton and William reunited.
Years later, the couple spoke about their breakup, saying it was actually a good thing.
“We were both very young … and we were both finding ourselves,” William said in an interview with the Telegraph in 2010. “It was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up.”
“I, at the time, wasn’t very happy about it, but actually it made me a stronger person,” Kate Middleton added. “You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn’t realized. I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you’re younger.”
It seamed like Kate and William both thought the breakup was a good idea when looking back on it. However, a newly-resurfaced report by the Mail in 2007 sheds new light on what actually happened.
Kate Middleton was left “desperately upset”
Royal correspondents Laura Collins, Katie Nicholl, and Ian Gallagher claimed Prince William decided to split from Kate Middleton because he felt the “fun” had disappeared from the relationship.
Further, Kate was said to have been left “desperately upset,” as she already pictured they were getting married in the future.
Shortly after the breakup, William was spotted roaming around different London nightclubs and seeing several different girls.
This was something Kate didn’t find pleasant at all, and according to the report, “harsh words” was exchanged as Kate thought she had been “humiliated” by William’s behavior.
Also, she felt that he was “cheapening her image.”
“It was the first such warning she had dished out over the course of their four-and-a-half-year-relationship,” the report reads, as quoted by Express.
“Kate had had enough and words were exchanged. Kate told William that he was making her look bad’, one of her friends explained. She has coped for years with girls flinging themselves at her boyfriend and for a while she found it humorous and even flattering.”
Got engaged in 2010
Following their breakup, things got better between Kate and William. They went on to become a loving couple and were very much appreciated among the public. And in 2010, the couple took the next step.
During a holiday in Kenya, William proposed.
“We had a little private time away together with some friends and I just decided that it was the right time really. We had been talking about marriage for a while so it wasn’t a massively big surprise. I took her up somewhere nice in Kenya and I proposed,” William recalled.
He added, “I’d been planning it for a while but as every guy out there will know it takes a certain amount of motivation to get yourself going.”
“So I was planning it and then it just felt really right out in Africa. It was beautiful at the time.I just … I had done a little bit of planning to show my romantic side.”
“It was very romantic, Kate said, laughing. “There’s a true romantic in there.”
She didn’t see it coming at all, since they were out with friends. Beforehand, Kate Middleton had thought of the idea that William maybe was going to propose. But it came as a “total shock.”
Princess Diana’s engagement ring
William had been carrying a ring around in a bag for three weeks and never let it go.
“Everywhere I went I was keeping hold of it because I knew this thing, if it disappeared I would be in a lot of trouble and because I’d planned it, it went fine,” he said. “You hear a lot of horror stories about proposing and things going horribly wrong – it went really, really well and I was really pleased she said yes.”
The ring was truly really special, and of course, very proper for a future Queen Consort. The ring belonged to his mother, Princess Diana.
“So I thought it was quite nice because obviously she’s not going to be around to share any of the fun and excitement of it all – this was my way of keeping her sort of close to it all.”
“I’m not an expert on [rings] at all. I’ve been reliably informed it’s a sapphire with some diamonds. I’m sure everyone recognizes it from previous times.”
Prince William & Kate Middleton – wedding
On April 29, 2011, William and Kate Middleton tied knot at Westminster Abbey in London.
Now, the couple have been married for over 10 years and have three lovely children, George (born in 2013), Charlotte (2015), and Louis (2018).
Kate was a wonderful addition to the Royal Family, and early on, she got along great with the other family members. In fact, she even got her own nickname from Prince Harry.
According to OK! Magazine, Harry usually calls Kate Middleton “Cath.” His sister-in-law has been known as “Kate” to the rest of the world since deciding to go by that moniker during her university studies.
In 2017, Middleton and William spoke on BBC Radio 1 about the nicknames. The radio host had heard that Harry referred to the couple as “William and Cath.”
“Is this a thing just in the family?” the host asked Kate.
Relationship with Harry & Meghan
“Yeah, I’m not sure,” she answered. “I’m not that familiar with it I have to say, but I’ll answer to most things to be honest.”
Today their relationship is quite different. Since the Oprah Winfrey interview, William and Harry’s – as well as Kate and Meghan Markle’s – has been torn. On the other hand, it seams like things starts going back to normal, as Harry and Meghan welcomed their daughter, Lilibet.
“I wish her all the very best. I can’t wait to meet her,” Kate Middleton said when asked about Meghan.
“We haven’t met her yet, so hopefully that will be soon.”
Just two weeks ago, Harry once again put his foot on UK soil. He joined his brother William for the unveiling of Princess Diana’s statue in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace.
The statue was originally commissioned in 2017 by Harry and William – on the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death. It was revealed at an afternoon ceremony on what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday.
Harry & William reunited
Harry and William entered the Sunken Garden together. They greeted their aunts and uncle: their mother’s siblings Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Lady Jane Fellowes, and Earl Spencer.
Side by side, they walked over to the statue before pulling away the cloth.
“Today, on what would have been our Mother’s 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength and character — qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better,” they said.
“Every day, we wish she were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy,” they continued before thanking the team and donors involved in the long-awaited project.”
William and Kate sure are a wonderful couple. We wish them all the best in the future!
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