Kate Middleton and Prince William have been married for over a decade already. They are now parents to three adorable children — Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3. However, way back then, the future king was unsure about his future with Middleton leading them to split multiple times in the past and the Queen wasn't happy about it.
Kate Middleton and Prince William Shocked Queen Elizabeth With Their Split
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge dated for over five years before they got engaged and got married. Unlike Prince Harry, Prince William took his time before he proposed to his then-girlfriend.
Also, things were not easy for the future king and queen when they were still boyfriend and girlfriend. Prince William and Middleton had an on-again, off-again relationship back then. They split twice, in 2004 and 2007.
According to royal expert and author Katie Nicholl, the royal couple's brief split in 2007 left the Queen "disappointed," Express reported. Nicholl explained that the second in line to the throne was having second thoughts about his relationship with Middleton at the time.
He sat down with his father Prince Charles and grandmother Queen Elizabeth for a frank discussion about his future with Middleton. Both gave him the same advice — "not to hurry into anything." Although the Queen did not force Prince William to commit, she wasn't happy about the separation.
How Did The Split Affect Prince William And Kate Middleton?
Prince William and Kate Middleton opened up about their brief separation in their engagement interview in 2010. During the interview, the duke warned the public to not believe in everything they read on tabloids but confirmed that they indeed split in 2007. According to him, they were both very young at the time and were finding themselves. He added that they were different characters at the time.
"It was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up, and so it was just sort of a bit of space and a bit of things like that and it worked out for the better," Prince William said.
Middleton, on her part, said she wasn't glad about the split and shared the positive side that the brief breakup brought into her life.
"And I think I at the time wasn't very happy about it, but actually it made me a stronger person," she said.