After more than 10 years of marriage and three children, the Prince and Princess of Wales are a rock solid couple, so it’s easy to forget it wasn’t all plain sailing for the couple in the years before they married.
While the pair have always tried to keep their relationship private, one report emerged claiming Prince William left Kate Middleton in tears by canceling an important plan while they were dating.
In her book, The Making of a Royal Romance, royal author Katie Nicholl wrote that William and Kate had not been able to spend Christmas together in 2006 because, although they had been dating for five years, only married couples were invited to the Queen’s Sandringham celebrations.
So to make up for spending Christmas Day apart, the couple made ‘big plans’ for the New Year.
Yet that all changed when William called Kate on Boxing Day and told her that he would be staying with his own family instead – despite having promised that he would spend time with the Middletons.
The pair met at St Andrews University in 2001 where they were both studying history of art, although William switched to geography.
It was Kate, who is six months older than William, who was credited with persuading him to continue his studies as he struggled to adjust during his first year.
William was said to have been wary of making a commitment to his girlfriend, mindful of his own parents’ difficult marriage.
Katie Nicholl wrote: ‘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.’
In April 2007, the news broke that Kate and William had broken up, with sources saying the Queen was ‘disappointed’ by the news.
However, there was nothing to worry about and they were seen kissing at an army party at barracks in Bovington, Dorset just weeks later and the rest is history.
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