The Prince and Princess of Wales have been happily married for 12 years but, like many couples, their relationship hit a small snag in the early days. The Prince and Princess of Wales made the decision to split up in 2007, four years into their relationship, before rekindling shortly after. The split, which came as a surprise to many royal watchers, was fueled by William’s decision not to spend New Year’s Eve with the Middletons in 2006.
This was reportedly one of the reasons behind the decision, and one which made the couple reevaluate their relationship. At the time, one of Kate’s colleagues claimed they saw the princess take the break-up call in the office car park in London. Speaking of seeing Kate on the phone, they said: “”It was clear it was William – and definitely a tiff.” At the time, the source told the Mirror: “Around the middle of the day, she was pacing the car park outside the office on her mobile.
“A few people noticed because it’s a pretty unusual thing to do. She’d deliberately gone outside to take the call because she didn’t want to be overheard.” They added: “Kate was walking up and down and looking upset as if she was having an argument. But she didn’t cry. “Word went round that it was William and they were having problems. Now it’s clear what it was all about.” They continued: “When she came back to the office she didn’t say a thing and disappeared for the rest of the day.
“We didn’t think anything about it at the time. But looking back, the call was definitely a girlfriend-boyfriend tiff.” The couple’s love story began when they both started studying at the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2001. After starting off as friends, Kate and William began getting closer in 2002 and were pictured publicly together for the first time two years later when Kate accompanied William on a family ski trip to Klosters in Switzerland.
After rekindling their relationship, the pair announced their engagement in 2010 and tied the knot the following year.
Addressing their split in their engagement interview, William said: “We were both very young. 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.” Kate added: “At the time, I wasn’t very happy about it but actually it made me a stronger person.”