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William & Kate’s Marriage Was ‘Inevitable’ after Their Split despite Her Being a ‘Commoner,’ Says Expert

Titi Dokubo
May 03, 2022
08:20 P.M.
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Prince William and Kate Middleton met at a university in Scotland, where they became friends before dating. When their relationship became public, people called the Middleton family names because they were not nobility.

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However, while they were dating, the prince remained friends with his ex-girlfriend and spent time with her. His actions made Kate Middleton sad.

Kate Middleton and Prince William later split, and during this time, she faced a difficult moment. According to the royal experts, Kate Middleton proved her worth, and her attitude showed that her marriage to the prince was "inevitable."

Kate Middleton and Prince William at the Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication of the Atlantic 85 Lifeboat 'Hereford Endeavour' on February 24, 2011 | Source: Getty Images

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On April 29, 2011, Kate Middleton and Prince William gave the world a real-life fairytale wedding when they married at Westminster Abbey.

However, the couple had their ups and downs while they dated, and during their split, Kate proved that she was destined to be the "future Queen." Here are more details about their relationship and their time apart.

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FROM FRIENDS TO LOVERS

Either destiny or chance brought William and Kate together for their first-year dorm assignment at St. Andrews University in Scotland. William recalled:

"When I first met Kate, I knew there was something very special about her. I knew there was possibly something that I wanted to explore there."

However, romance was not the first thing on their mind. The couple were both studying art history and quickly became friends.

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By their second semester, she became a topic for discussion after she walked the runway in lingerie. William, who sat in the front row with his friend, said:

"Wow, Fergus, Kate's hot!"

By their second year, William and Kate, with two other friends, decided to get an off-campus apartment. At this point in their friendship, William tried to impress Kate to no avail.

Kate Middleton and Prince William on their graduation day at St Andrew's University on June 23, 2005 | Source: Getty Images

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Despite being used to getting all the attention, he found himself trying to get her attention. William said:

"I was trying to cook these amazing fancy dinners. [But] what would happen was I would burn something, something would overspill, something would catch on fire."

While he was burning things, Kate was always in the background, helping save the situation and taking control. Within a few months, their friendship evolved into romance.

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Everyone in school knew about their relationship, and the rumors spread in no time. When reporters reached out to her family, her father said:

"We are very amused at the thought of being in-laws to Prince William, but I don't think that is going to happen."

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TROUBLES CAME WITH PUBLICITY

What started as rumors in the press became definite after William and Kate were captured skiing together in the Swiss Alps in March 2004. The front page of a newspaper read:

"Finally...Wills gets a girl. Prince and Kate so close in Klosters."

The news made the public take a look in Kate's direction. In 2005, they graduated from college, and in facing the real world, they knew they could no longer date privately.

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Kate was not the only one under scrutiny by the press. Her family became a subject for discussion. The press called her family "the Middle-Class Middletons," while they called Kate and her sister, Pippa, "The Wisteria Sisters."

The press attacked her family because they had no links to nobility. The press scrutinized their every move, and her family constantly came under fire.

While William and Kate's relationship continued going strong, he was not ready to settle down. His continued friendship with his ex-girlfriend, Jecca Craig, became a disturbing aspect of their relationship.

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William refused to end the friendship with his ex. Kate was reportedly tired of being "threatened and humiliated" by their closeness as William continuously saw Craig and attended events with her.

"It made Kate a no brainer — she was the future Queen."

Prince Harry and Prince Charles scolded William for hurting Kate's feelings by still seeing his ex-girlfriend. Prince Charles knew he had to stop the emotional affair once and for all as he did not want to see a repeat of what happened to him with Lady Diana.

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KATE CEMENTED HER ROLE AS A FUTURE QUEEN DURING THE SPLIT

In 2007, Kate and William's relationship hit the rocks, and they had to acknowledge their split publicly. Kate said:

"At the time I wasn't very happy about it, but it actually made me a stronger person."

Kate was later glad it happened because she used the time to explore more of herself and filled her calendar with social events.

Kate Middleton at the Cheltenham Gold Cup Festival in 2007 | Source: Getty Images

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William also used their time apart to find his way. In an interview, the prince said:

"It was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up so it was just a bit of space, and it worked out for the better."

Despite not being happy about it, Kate never showed her feelings to the press, and she did not say anything about their relationship.

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Her attitude made journalists believe that she was the suitable queen material. Author and journalist, Kinsey Schofield, said:

"She just handled herself so well throughout the rollercoaster that was her and Prince William’s dating history leading up to their inevitable marriage. It made Kate a no brainer — she was the future Queen."

Even though Kate was considered a commoner, she held and respected the values of royalty. Her silence to the media in the face of hurt and pain proved that.

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Besides commending Kate's attitude, Schofield further stated:

"They [the Royal Family] knew she was a good girl, they knew she wasn't talking to the media, because in between those break-ups, she was so stoic and kept her mouth shut."

Also, Schofield noted that in all of the photographs of Kate during her break-up, she was looking ahead. William also acknowledged that their split worked out for the better.

Prince William and Kate Middleton in a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace after their marriage on April 29, 2011 | Source: Getty Images

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WILLIAM MARRIED FOR LOVE RATHER THAN STATUS

William and Kate's marriage was hugely significant because Kate was a "commoner" without links to nobility. Schofield noted:

"Princess Diana thrust open the gates for the boys to marry for love, which I think is so important because they saw what marrying for status did to Diana and Charles."

Princess Diana eventually influenced her sons to marry for love, and because Prince Charles suffered from marrying for status, he was open to his sons marrying for love.

Prince William and Kate Middleton at the Newborough Beach in North Wales on May 8, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

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Knowing his father's pressures, William did not also want to find himself in similar circumstances and chose love over status.

William and Kate celebrated their 11th anniversary on April 29, 2022, and the Duke of Cambridge is looking forward to inheriting the Prince of Wales title when his father becomes king.

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Despite their ups and downs, the couple's secret to their marriage lies in their strong foundation of friendship. They also learned from their parents, who enjoy long marriages while also being in the public eye.

They make time for fun and support each other's missions while choosing joint causes to support. In addition, Kate and William partner up to look after each other and their kids.

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