In what may come as shocking news to even the most devoted royal fans, reports have emerged that Prince William and Kate Middleton ALMOST didn’t make it down the aisle at all! In fact, they broke up four years into their relationship due to William’s insistence on following one of his grandmother the Queen’s firm rules.
What’s even more stunning is the fact that the Queen allowed Prince Harry to break that same rule 12 years later.
If ever there was a real-life fairytale romance, it would be that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The couple has been together through thick and thin, yet seem to be still as madly in love as they ever were.
But it has not all been smooth sailing and the pair has weathered their fair share of storms on their way to 'happily ever after,' one in particular that almost put an end to one of the most iconic love stories in British Royal history.
Prince William and Kate Middleton were college sweethearts. The two met in 2002 when they were fresh-faced students at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and soon embarked on a love story that would go on to enchant the entire world.
Starting out as friends, they soon became a couple and were inseparable ever since. But all was not hearts and roses for the pair. The duo split up in 2007.
One version for the split because, according to the Huffington Post, “Kate wanted to settle down but William wasn't ready.
"Just months later, they got back together and, in 2008, as William received the wings that made him an RAF pilot, Kate was once again by his side.”
But now, we hear a conflicting reason for the temporary separation of the future Duke and Duchess and, knowing what we do about how the Royal life is about rules and tradition, it seems quite likely to be the accurate version.
In Style puts it this way: “Before Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis were ever a thought in their minds, Will and Kate were recent college grads in the midst of a long distance relationship, and they hit a serious rough patch.
“They had dated for four years, but were living apart — Middleton in London, and Prince William in Dorset in army barracks — when a holiday fight sparked a split.”
It all had to do with that all-too-familiar dilemma: Where to spend the holidays. According to PopSugar, In late 2006, Kate’s family invited Prince William to celebrate New Year's Eve with them. “Initially, he accepted, and all looked perfectly rosy, but that soon changed.
“Allegedly, he changed his mind, as spending the holidays in Sandringham with Queen Elizabeth is a strict royal tradition. Unfortunately, Kate wasn't allowed to join him, since she hadn't married into the family yet (famously, the queen made an exception to this rule for Meghan Markle).”
This snub was what you might call the ’straw that broke the camel’s back.’ According to In Style, “This, combined with being long distance in the first place and the paparazzi being increasingly more aggressive toward Middleton as engagement rumors flared, caused a brief, though significant, breakup.”
Eventually, the beloved Royals found their way back to one another and the rest, as they say, is history.
We are sure glad that the two worked through their issues and now serve the Commonwealth as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - as well as their even more important roles of Mum and Dad to the precious Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
We look forward to watching them as they grow in their roles and find new ways to charm the entire world.