Kate and William were housemates before they started dating. They hung out in the same circle of friends, most living in the same cottage. Everyone in the flat got on very well. Kate and Prince William gradually grew very close, and the relationship blossomed organically from then.
The pair saw more of each other and hung out more often. Regardless of how or where the couple first met, it was fate that they would end up together. In a few years down the line, the modest couple would turn out to be one of the most famous items in the world.
She Had An Ordinary Childhood
Catherine (Kate) Middleton was born on January 9, 1982, to proud parents, Michael and Carole Middleton. Her parents met and fell in love while working as flight attendants for British Airways. In 1987, they founded a mail-order business that sold supplies for children’s parties. Catherine and her two younger siblings (Pippa and James) had a quiet, ordinary upbringing in Bucklebury, Berkshire.
The success of the family business and some family inheritance enabled Catherine to attend St. Andrew’s, an excellent prep school, and on to the highly-esteemed Marlborough College later. Kate was an accomplished student, excelling in academics and sports.
She Attends The University Of St. Andrews
When it came to education, the princess went all the way. In 2001, Kate signed up for a degree in History of Art at the University of St. Andrews. The beautiful brunette would have scarcely known how the innocuous choice of a university would completely transform her life.
Taking this step in life was about to turn her life upside down. Things were not going to be the same. It was where she met fellow art history student Prince William, who was second in line to the British throne at the time. The romance between them grew steadily - fortunately, the press was none the wiser yet.
Kate And William Have A Moment
Although sparks had been flying, Kate and Prince William remained friends for a while. Things changed in 2002, during a student fashion show, when Kate walked the ramp in a sheer outfit. Although she wasn't dressed to fit royalty, she was stunning in everyone's eyes.
Rumor has it that William began to see her in a completely different light, and that’s when they went from friends to something more – or at least that’s what the world would like to believe. On his part, Prince William maintained that the turning point in their relationship developed gradually after spending more time together.
The Love Story Begins
Kate and Prince William began dating in 2002. The couple kept things incredibly discreet until 2004, when they went public with the relationship while vacationing together in Switzerland. How did the couple manage to keep their relationship a secret? It was primarily due to a gentleman’s agreement between the royal family and newspaper editors.
As a result, the pair remained safe in a bubble of privacy, free from tabloid scrutiny for most of their days at St. Andrews. This agreement was temporary, as soon the whole world discovered the woman who was thought to be the future queen of England.