Kate, the Princess of Wales was once left “in tears” as Prince William changed his mind about spending New Year’s Eve with the Middletons. Royal author Katie Nicholl reported the royal informed his then-girlfriend that plans had changed with days to spare after having been urged by the late Queen and then-Prince Charles not to rush their relationship. Kate and William briefly broke up shortly after he confirmed he would spend the new year with his family at Sandringham.
Writing in her 2011 book The Making of a Royal Romance, Ms Nicholl said: “William had been having second thoughts and sat down with his father and his grandmother to have a frank discussion about his future with Kate.
“Both advised him not to hurry into anything.”
Prince William met Kate Middleton at the University of St Andrew’s in 2001 and the two shared a close friendship before starting a relationship in their second year at university.
The pair even shared lodgings with a couple of their classmates before their romance began.
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By the mid-2000s Kate had become a well-known figure in royal circles, often appearing alongside Prince William at events and even attending his graduation from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst only weeks before he took a step back in their relationship.
The royal couple parted ways for a few months in 2007, with Kate photographed out partying with younger sister Pippa and their friends.
But within months of their separation, Prince William rekindled their relationship and the pair have been inseparable since.
Kate admitted later on that she “wasn’t very happy” about the split but conceded it proved their relationship would last.
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She said: “At the time I wasn’t very happy about it but actually it made me a stronger person. You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn’t realised.
“I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you’re younger. I really valued that time, for me as well, although I didn’t think it at the time.”
Prince William also noted the brief split “worked out got the better” for the couple.
And commentator Kinsey Schofield claimed Kate’s conduct after the split up won her over the admiration of the late Queen after she refused to discuss her relationship with William.
Ms Schofield told Express.co.uk: “The Royal Family knew she was a good girl, they knew she wasn’t talking to the media, because in between those breakups, she was so stoic and kept her mouth shut and in all of the photographs of her during the breakup, she’s looking ahead.
“She just handled herself so well throughout the rollercoaster that was her and Prince William’s dating history leading up to their inevitable marriage.
“It made Kate a no-brainer — she was the future Queen.”
Kate and Prince William married on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey after the royal popped the question during a visit to Botswana the year before.
They became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the late Queen gifted her grandson the title upon their marriage and became the Prince and Princess of Wales in September after Her late Majesty’s death led to the accession of King Charles III to the throne.