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Apparently, Kate first spotted William when they were 9 years old

The story of the royal couple dates back longer than we thought

It’s a commonly known fact that Kate and William were first introduced to each other as students at the University of St. Andrews (in case you want to brush up on the unofficial facts, the Lifetime movie William & Kate: The Movie tells the romanticised version of how the two met).

Well it turns out, we haven’t actually been told the full story. The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly first spotted her husband-to-be during a hockey match at her prep school when they both just nine years old. At least, that’s what royal correspondent Katie Nicholl writes in her book Kate: The Future Queen.

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‘Although [Kate] wasn’t especially interested in boys, the arrival of one particular young man had caught her attention. Nearby Ludgrove Prep school would often play matches against St. Andrew’s Prep, and there was much excitement when Prince William, a left back on Ludgrove’s Colts team, came to St. Andrew’s to play a hockey match when he was nine years old.’

‘William, like Kate, loved sports and was one of the best hockey and rugby players in his year. Of course, the arrival of the prince generated a flurry of excitement,’ she added. ‘It was the first time Kate had set her eyes on the young prince, but certainly not the last.’

Well, that’s just lovely!

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