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Kate heartbreak: How ‘commoner’ Kate won Prince William’s heart

Kate Middleton and Prince William have been married for nine years. For many, their royal wedding happened as though it was only yesterday - such a grand and memorable event it was.

Kate and William's story played out very much like a fairy tale.

Prince William, a future king, as close to the inner royal circle as he could possibly get; Kate, a "commoner" from Berkshire, her parents a solid part of the country's middle class.

Things changed when the Middleton family struck a small fortune after setting up a children's party paraphernalia company.

It was here that they amassed enough money to send Kate to private school, where she brushed shoulders with the kids from the Cotswolds who were used to mingling with the royals.

It had an intense effect: Kate allegedly became infatuated with the idea of one day becoming a princess.

According to her school friend Jessica Hay, in an interview with the Mail on Sunday from the time: "We would sit around talking about all the boys at school we fancied, but Catherine would always say, 'I don't like any of them. They are all a bit rough.'

"Then she would joke, 'There's no one quite like William...I bet he's kind. You can tell just by looking at him.'"

In a 2010 piece for The Guardian, royal expert Stephen Bates recounted how Kate and William met, and how the "commoner" managed to find and secure her true love.

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He drew attention to their going to the same university, and explained: "Kate's studiousness has come in useful since she and the prince both started a history of art course and spent their first year in the same hall of residence."

He continued: "William's interest was first noticed when he paid £200 – not all students are impecunious – for a front-row seat at a charity fashion show in which Middleton modelled a diaphanous black lace dress over a black bandeau bra and knickers.

"It was an uncharacteristically racy start; more prosaically, she helped the lonely prince overcome a wobble at the end of his first year when he came close to quitting.

"The pair shared digs in a Georgian terraced house with two other male friends in their second year, then they all moved to a less public estate cottage outside the town for their final year."


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This combination, Mr Bates suggested, made for an inseparable couple.

Yet, it wasn't always like this.

Kate, according to Mr Bates, "drifted" from William in their time after university, "as if waiting for her prince to come".

Her parents bought her a flat in Chelsea, and she worked for a fashion firm.

She and the prince enjoyed holidays together but remained distant for months at a time.

Yet, as the years went on the pair grew closer once again, their commitment stronger, working as a team.

During a television interview shortly after they announced their plans of marriage, the pair almost reflected on these tumultuous years.

Asked about the breakup and the months spent apart, Kate said: "At the time I wasn't very happy about it, but it made me a stronger person.

"You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn't realised, I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you are younger and I really valued that time for me although I didn't think it at the time."

As Kate said she was "really looking forward to spending my time with William" the prince, uncharacteristic of a royal, divulged his feelings about his wife-to-be in front of millions.

He said: "Obviously we both have a very fun time together, both have a very good sense of humour about things.

"We're down to earth, we take the mickey out of each other a lot.

"And, she's got plenty of habits that make me laugh that I tease her about."

To this, Kate replied: "You know, over the years William has looked after me, he's treated me very well – as the loving boyfriend he is, he is very supportive of me through the good times and also through the bad times."

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