Whether a low-key case of the Ick or completely cold feet before ~the big day~ it’s pretty normal for people to question their relationship from time to time. Understandably, then, even Prince William had some doubts when he first started dating his now-wife, Kate Middleton. Yes, even if you are second in line to the throne, no relationship is going to have ups and downs.
In her new book Making a royal romanceRoyal expert Katie Nicholl says the couple found themselves in a rocky spot in 2006, five years after their relationship. It all started when Prince William had “second thoughts” about his and Kate’s future.
“William had doubts and sat down with his father and grandmother to have a candid conversation about his future with Kate,” says Nicholl, “both advised him not to rush anything.”
In light of his family’s advice, the then 24-year-old reportedly canceled plans he had made with Kate to spend the holiday together, which didn’t go too well. In her book, Nicholl claims that the Duke of Cambridge would spend Christmas with the Royals in Sandringham and then travel to Kate’s house for New Years. But she was apparently “left in tears” when he called her on Boxing Day to call off the plans.
After that, things went downhill for the couple and the couple broke up just a few months later, in early 2007. Speaking of their time apart, Kate reportedly (via Good to know): “I wasn’t very happy about it at the time, but it actually made me a stronger person. You learn things about yourself that you might not have realized. I think you can be quite preoccupied with a relationship if you are younger, and I really appreciated that time for me too, although I didn’t think so at the time.”
Prince William also had something similar to say about the split. “We were both very young,” he said, “we both found that we were like this and different characters and all that, it was a lot of finding our own way and we grew up, it was a little bit of space and a little bit of that sort of thing things and it worked for the better.”
Thankfully the split didn’t last long and the future Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got back together in 2008 after they were spotted kissing at an army party in Bovington, Dorset. Not long after, Kate moved into William’s flat at Clarence House, and the couple eventually married in 2011. The rest, as they say, is history…
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