We’ve all be fed a lie! A LIE! All of these stories about how Kate Middleton and Prince William met in college are apparently garbage. Word is spreading that the two may have actually met when they were kids.
The story we’ve all been told up until now goes something like this: Kate and William started out as friends after meeting at St. Andrew’s University in the early 2000s and eventually started dating. They broke up a couple of times and eventually got married and lived happily ever after, the end.
In her book, Kate: The Future Queen, royal biographer Katie Nicholl reveals that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may have met when their two prep schools played each other in hockey. She writes, “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.”
That may sound like a one-off, but according to Style Caster, there’s more evidence that Kate knew of William years before they met. Royal correspondent Matthew Bell claims that Kate’s family actually wanted her to attend St. Andrew’s just so she had the chance to meet the prince. Says Bell, “Some insiders wonder whether her university meeting with Prince William can really be ascribed to coincidence. Although at the time of making her application to universities it was unknown where the Prince was intending to go, it has been suggested that her mother persuaded Kate to reject her first choice on hearing the news and take up her offer at Saint Andrews instead.”
On top of this little nugget, it’s widely believed that Kate had posters of William hanging on her dorm room wall while she was attending boarding school. Her former roommate told Nicholl that the Duchess would say things like, “There’s no one quite like William.” Cool.
The couple even addressed this fun fact during their engagement interview back in 2010, with William joking, “She had 10 or 20 pictures of me up on her wall at university.” Kate was quick with the comeback, “No, it was the Levi’s guy on my wall, not a picture of William. Sorry!” Good girl.