When Prince William and Kate Middleton first met at St Andrews University in Scotland many years ago, they instantly became close friends. The two quickly fell in love, and despite some difficult times, the royal pair made it through.
Today, the couple and their joyful family of five are among the most popular royals – Kate Middleton is frequently considered to become a fantastic queen in the future.
To say William and Kate came from very different backgrounds is an understatement. Despite her parents’ multimillion-dollar business, Kate had to learn how to “be” royal as an adult, as opposed to her husband, who was born into it. Carole, Kate’s mother, apparently performed a separate profession before she and William gained their fortune.
William and Kate first met while attending St Andrews University. They both had lovers before meeting each other, but it was clear from the start that their relationship would be different.
They shared a resident hall, St Salvator’s Hall, and attended the same lectures and classes. They then moved together with a couple of friends at a private home during their second year, where their love bloomed.
By all accounts, William and Kate shared a sense of humour, which contributed to their compatibility.
“She’s got a really naughty sense of humour, which really helps me because I’ve got a really dirty sense of humour, so it was good fun, we had a really good laugh, and she’s got a really naughty sense of humour.”
It didn’t take long before the world, or at least the British tabloid press, realized that Kate Middleton was the future king’s new girlfriend. Naturally, they reported on the couple as much as possible, though it wasn’t just “love is in the air”-type articles the papers published. No, they focused on digging into Kate’s personal life, even giving her unfair nicknames to help generate a buzz.
She was only 19 when she and William started dating, but that didn’t matter to the tabloids. Despite coming from a middle-class background – her parents made millions via their company – Kate was labeled “a commoner.”
Prior to the couple’s engagement announcement in 2010, Kate was dubbed “Waity Katie” and “Lazy Katie.” According to Buckingham Palace sources, this related to Middleton’s recent decision to “prepare for her future life.”
William and Kate dated for several years, but kept things discreet during their undergraduate years in order to focus on their studies.
They both graduated in 2005, with William earning a master of arts in geography and Kate earning a master of arts in art history. While their romance was flourishing, there was trouble on the horizon.
The pair had a high-profile divorce in 2007. However, it appears that there were gaps in their relationship as early as a year ago, when they denied each other’s invitations to spend significant holidays together.
Fortunately, William and Kate were able to work out their differences, and love triumphed in the end. In 2010, while on vacation in Kenya, William proposed to Kate with his late mother, Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring. He’d been carrying it for three weeks and hadn’t taken it out of his sight.
“It was very romantic,” Kate commented. “There’s a true romantic in there.”