Prince William’s grief as he broke up with Kate Middleton “hit” by phone | Royal | New
William and Kate’s public profile has risen over the past 18 months after older royals were forced to step down from a number of public engagements due to the coronavirus. The Duke of Cambridge, who sits second to the throne, was the first royal to speak publicly on COVID-19, as he has claimed Britain is at its best in the face of a crisis. The couple, who started dating while studying at St Andrews University, are among the most popular members of the royal family and are seen as crucial in ensuring the monarchy remains relevant to a younger generation.
William and Kate were married in 2011 at Westminster Abbey after an eight-year court row and have since produced three royal children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
However, they briefly separated for a few months in 2007, with unearthed accounts suggesting William chose to break up with his distressed future wife over the phone.
The couple reportedly established that their relationship was on the rocks during a dramatic face-to-face meeting over Easter 2007, before William allegedly called to end the relationship while Kate was at work.
A former colleague of Kate’s told the Mirror: “Towards the middle of the day, she was pacing the parking lot in front of the desk on her laptop.
“A few people have noticed it because it’s a pretty unusual thing to do.
“She had deliberately gone out to take the call because she didn’t want to be heard.
“Kate was pacing back and forth and looked upset like she was arguing, but she didn’t cry.
“It was rumored that it was William and that they were having problems – now it’s clear what it was.
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Royal experts at the time believed William wanted to focus on his life as a young officer, believing this might be his last chance for fun before taking on higher royal engagements.
Of course, the couple quickly patched things up and eventually got married in a ceremony watched by a worldwide audience of 162 million viewers and became an immensely stable figure of the royal family in a year that has saw the death of Prince Philip.
The couple shared a condolence message on social media on Tuesday, saying they had received “great comfort” from public support following the “difficult” loss of the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Instagram post said: “Their Royal Highnesses have been incredibly moved by the many thoughtful messages they have received in recent weeks.
“They will all be missed by their beloved grandfather and great-grandfather, but your message has brought great solace in this difficult time.”
The year also saw Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s alleged tension with the family ignited by an explosive two-hour CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The couple spoke about the alleged racism suffered in the UK by Meghan and the couple’s son Archie and claimed they felt ‘hounded’ by the media.
An unauthorized biography, Finding Freedom, claimed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex believed the royal family had ignored concerns raised during the interview.