A newly-resurfaced report, though, suggests there might have been another reason behind their split.
Hello Magazine correspondent Judy Wade argued that Kate might have “realised the awful burden she would have taken on” after marrying her Prince.
She added: “It’s a life sentence marrying a royal.”
Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer also argued that the only reason the two split up was to give Kate time to reflect at a time where she was facing increasing media attention.
In a 2007 report, Mr Palmer claimed during their so-called break-up, Kate was “still wearing the friendship ring William gave her more than two years ago”.
He added: “They were very lovey-dovey when they went out for dinner with Hugh and Rose van Cutsem at the King’s Head at Bledington in the Cotswolds a couple of weeks ago.
“I’m sure they have split up for now but William’s very good at manipulating the media.
Before the split, Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole, were reportedly incredibly worried that their daughter was being regularly followed by up to half a dozen of paparazzi every day.
On her 25th birthday on January 9, hundreds of photographers and journalists gathered outside the now Duchess of Cambridge’s flat as claims started spreading William might finally propose to his university sweetheart.
Some lenses were thrust less than a foot from her face, and her car was blocked.
At times she looked both harassed and distressed and one former Royal Protection Officer called on Prince Charles to fund private protection for Kate as, not being a member of the Royal Family, she was not entitled to police protection.
A spokesman for the Prince said at the time: “Prince William is very unhappy at the paparazzi harassment of his girlfriend.
“He wants more than anything for it to stop.
“Miss Middleton should, like any other private individual, be able to go about her everyday business without this kind of intrusion.
“The situation is proving unbearable for all those concerned.”
In 2009, The Daily Telegraph reported that Queen Elizabeth II finally “authorised a crackdown on the paparazzi” amid intrusions into the private lives of the Royal Family.
The monarch and Prince Charles instructed Gerrard Tyrrell, a senior lawyer specialising in privacy and media law, to mastermind the privacy strategy.
Mr Tyrrell is known to have briefed senior royal aides on a series of options in the event of photographers continuing to take photographs of the royal family in “private” situations.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK