The royal couple met in their first year while studying at St Andrew’s University in Scotland and at a time when they were both living in the St Salvator halls of residence. When Prince William first arrived, he got a lot of attention from women in his year, which allegedly made him nervous as he was “too polite” and did not know how to reject them.
Kate Middleton apparently had a clever trick to help the poor prince out of awkward social situations while they were friends.
Katie Nicholl, a royal expert and author of ‘Kate: The Future Queen’, interviewed a friend of the royal couple’s while they were at university, Laura Warshauer.
Ms Warshauer said: “Will was getting really hit on by this girl at a party and it was getting quite uncomfortable because he couldn’t shake her off.
“He was being really polite, but this girl just didn’t get the hint. All of a sudden, Kate came up behind him and put her arms around him.
“He said: ‘Oh, sorry, but I’ve got a girlfriend’, and he and Kate went off giggling.”
Prince William reportedly then mouthed “thanks so much” to Kate afterwards.
Ms Warshauer said: “Kate was the only girl in the room who could have done that.
“And that was just a month after we started university.”
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The pair then moved in with two other roommates, Fergus Boyd and Olivia Bleasdale, during their second year of university.
They lived in a small apartment on Hope Street which reportedly cost the four students £100 per week each in rent.
However, Kate decided to be the one to tour apartments while searching for accommodation as there was an unexpected obstacle for the Prince.
Charlotte Smith, the landlord which rented to the royals, said in an interview with ivillage.co.uk: “We’d had an unfortunate experience with some boys in the flat once before and we were determined not to have young men there again.
“Broken furniture, broken windows – there was a lot of damage, so that put us off really. I said to this young lady we’d really rather not have more boys and she said: ‘What if I were to tell you that it was Prince William?'”
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Ms Smith and her husband later agreed to let Prince William and their other roommate Fergus rent from them.
She would later describe the royal as a “very friendly, very charming… thoroughly nice man.”
In their final two years at university, Prince William and Kate decided to live in a private home off campus.
They moved to Balgove House at Strathtyrum, which belonged to a distant royal cousin of the Duke.
Prince William and Kate would also take holidays at Tam-Na-Ghar Cottage on the grounds of Balmoral Castle and have said they spent some of the happiest days of their lives at the quiet highland home.