Prince William and Kate Middleton are one of the most famous and well-loved couples on the planet, and the world adores their little family of five (could Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis be any cuter? We think not).
Kate and William’s first meeting actually happened before their days at St. Andrews when the 9 year-old prince visited Kate’s school for a hockey match, according to royal correspondent Kate Nicholls.
But it was in 2001 when they officially met at university and were reportedly friends for two years while studying before anything romantic happened between them.
However, despite the fact that they appear to be one of the strongest couples in the public eye, biographer Andrew Morton claims that William ‘treated Kate like a servant’ when they first started dating in 2003.
In his 2011 biography, William & Catherine: Their Story, Morton alleges that William was ‘obstinate and strong-willed.’
He expanded: ‘William could be an overwhelming presence at times, Kate felt taken for granted – treated like a servant rather than a girlfriend.’
‘She didn’t like it when he ignored her and got into conversation with someone as though she wasn’t there.
‘He expected Kate to run after him and the longer they knew each other, the more he seemed to keep her on a tight leash.’
The couple dated for four years before their brief split in 2007, which William addressed during their engagement video in 2010.
‘We were both very young,’ Prince William explained.
‘It was at university, we were sort of both finding ourselves as such and being different characters and stuff, it was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up.’
He continued: ‘It was just sort of a bit of space and a bit of things like that, and it worked out for the better.’