Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William shook the world when they put an end to their relationship after nearly five years of dating in 2007. The future king and his then-girlfriend faced an “intense pressure” to become engaged and the growing expectations ultimately resulted in the pair breaking up. Speaking to Channel 5 documentary ‘William&Kate: Too Good to Be True,’ royal commentator Victoria Arbiter said: “The engagement whispers were starting, there was intense pressure on William and Kate.
“And short of printing the tea towels, everyone had these two walking down the aisle imminently.”
Prince William met fellow university student Kate Middleton a few weeks after they both began attending the University of St Andrews in 2001.
The pair became friends and even moved in together with other students after their first year, a move many believe to have kindled the relationship.
The public became increasingly curious about William’s new girlfriend and the prince was ultimately forced to issue an unprecedented plea to protect Kate’s privacy.
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But despite the couple appearing very close in public, William and Kate were reportedly struggling to handle having a relationship while continuously under the limelight.
Channel 5 narrator Jennifer Saayeng said: “Behind the public fairytale, there were private issues in the relationship.
“Just months later, the couple shocked the world when they publicly separated in early 2007.”
A friend of Prince William said at the time the young royal had been reluctant to settle down at such a young age.
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Prince William would go on to propose to Kate during a 10-day holiday in Kenya in the autumn of 2010 to celebrate the royal passing his RAF helicopter search and rescue course.
William and Kate exchanged vows in a lavish ceremony at Westminster Abbey under the eager eyes of millions of fans who tuned in especially on April 29, 2011 for the celebrations.
The Queen granted the newlywed the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Earl and Countess of Strathearn as well as Baron and Lady Carrickfergus.
The couple’s eldest son, Prince George, was born at St Mary’s Hospital in London in July 2013.
A sister, Princess Charlotte, followed in May 2015 and a younger brother, Prince Louis, in 2018.