Royal SPLIT: Prince William and Kate Middleton BROKE UP after holiday SQUABBLE
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s fairytale love story has not been without its ups and downs as there was a time when the Royal couple temporarily called off their relationship, ending it altogether.
As with any relationship, Kate and Will have had their fair share of tests as a couple.
Long before the pomp and ceremony of their lavish and unforgettable wedding at Westminster Abbey – and before Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were even a twinkle in William’s eye – Will and Kate were recent secondary school leavers in the throes of a long distance relationship.
During this university period, the couple lived apart; Kate in London and Prince William in Dorset, where he was stationed in an army barracks.
The soon-to-be Royal couple had dated for four years when Prince William’s refusal to spend New Year’s Eve with Kate’s family caused a holiday fight, which instigated a breakup.
Talking about the split, William said: “Well I think, to be honest, I wouldn’t believe everything you read in the paper but in that particular instance we did split up for a bit.
“But that was just, we both were very young, it was at university, we were sort of both finding ourselves as such and being different characters.
“It was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up, and so it was just sort of a bit of space and a bit of things like that and it worked out for the better.”
In late 2006, Kate’s family invited Prince William to celebrate New Year’s Eve with them, according to Popsugar.
Despite initially accepting the offer, William was forced to make a speedy retraction, as spending the holidays in Sandringham with Queen Elizabeth is a strict royal tradition – one that has to be observed.
Unfortunately, Ms Middleton wasn’t permitted to join her beloved, since she was not yet married into the family.
The Queen has since made an exception to this rule for Meghan Markle, who joined the Royal family for their Christmas celebrations in December 2017.
The ensuing tension between Kate and Will, which was compounded by the long distance and increasingly aggressive paparazzi as engagement rumours swirled, sparked a brief, though significant, breakup.
Kate also shared her views on the spilt.
She said: “I think I at the time wasn’t very happy about it, but actually it made me a stronger person.
“You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn’t realised, or I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you are younger.
“And I really valued that time for me as well although I didn’t think it at the time, looking back on it.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK