The couple first met at St Andrews University when they were both studying Art History and lived in the same halls of residence in 2001. Tom Quinn, author of several books related to the royal family, described William’s first meeting with Kate on the Channel 5 documentary ‘William and Kate: Too Good to be True?”
He claimed William was keen to meet his future wife stating: “One of the funny stories is he was so desperate to meet her that as he walked towards her, he apparently tripped and said, “Oh that’s a terrible start, you’re going to think I’m a complete clot!’”
According to Mr Quinn Kate saw the funny side of the incident and the two students soon became friends.
Kate described what meeting William had been like for her in a 2009 interview following their engagement.
She admitted: “I actually went bright red when I met you and sort of scuttled off feeling very shy about meeting you.
William and Kate first met as students at St Andrews university
William reportedly fell over before meeting Kate for the first time
“William wasn’t there for quite a bit of the time initially, he wasn’t there from Fresher’s Week, so it did take a bit of time for us to get to know each other, but we did become very close friends from quite early on.”
William is said to have first taken a romantic interest in Kate when she wore a partially see-through dress to a charity fashion show.
According to the Sun William turned to Fergus Boyd, his friend, and said: “Wow Fergus, Kate’s hot!”
For their second year at St Andrews the couple rented a terraced house along with two friends.
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William and Kate with Prince George and Princess Charlotte
Their landlady, Charlotte Smith, admitted she nearly refused to rent to the group due to a “no-boys” policy.
Speaking to ivillage she said: “We’d had an unfortunate experience with some boys in the flat once before and we were determined not to have young men there again.
“Broken furniture, broken windows – there was a lot of damage, so that put us off really.
“I said to this young lady we’d really rather not have more boys and she said, ‘What if I were to tell you that it was Prince William?’.”
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William and Kate together at the 2012 London Olympics
William and Kate were married in 2011 in London’s Westminster Abbey
According to ivillage Ms Smith then agreed to the letting after discussions with her husband.
Channel 5 royal correspondent Simon Vigar claimed William was very popular with female students at St Andrews and was often being “chased”.
He commented: “When they were at university at St Andrews, I have it on good authority that one of the few girls not chasing William was Catherine.
“If that’s true, she played an absolute blinder.
“He was definitely the target of lots of Sloaney girls there at university, but it wasn’t until the infamous fashion show that William noticed Catherine.”
William and Kate were married at Westminster Abbey in London on April 29 2011.
The couple have three children; Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
William and Kate pictured inside Westminster Abbey at their 2011 wedding
Prince William is second in line of succession to the British throne following his father, Prince Charles.
On Saturday the Queen watched a socially distanced changing the guard parade inside Windsor Castle.
The public were urged to stay away from the event which was held in private due to coronavirus fears.