Although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex may have eventually got their fairy tale ending – their relationship wasn’t always so blissful.
Back in 2007, four years before their 2011 wedding, the royal couple split briefly.
And in Biographer Andrew Morton’s new book William and Catherine, the royal reporter describes how Kate’s friends surprisingly welcomed the split.
“In April 2007, when Clarence House unofficially let the world know that the romance between Willam and Kate had run its course, few of her friends shed a tear,’ he writes.
”The prevailing reaction for most of them was: ‘Thank goodness that’s over!'
“For years they had watched helplessly as Kate, whose university dissertation had been on Lewis Carroll, had gradually disappeared down the royal rabbit hole into the Windsor wonderland, leaving her friends out in the cold.”
”During her time with William she upset a lot of friends by not making the effort to see them,” a friend spilled to Morton.
The book also describes how Kate often felt as though William treated her “like a servant.”
“Obstinate and strong-willed, William could be an overwhelming presence and, at times, Kate felt taken for granted – treated like a servant rather than his girlfriend.”
University friend of the couple Michael Choong told Moreton: “He could be flip and curt with her.
“She didn’t like it when he ignored her and got into conversation with someone as though she wasn’t there.
“He expected Kate to run after him and the longer they knew each other the more he seemed to keep her on a tight leash."
Another friend said: “It was an edgy relationship. They were always in and out.”
During their brief split in 2007, Moreton writes that William was “tempted” away from Kate by the lure of a bachelor lifestyle.
Thankfully, the couple worked out their differences and just months after their split, William whisked Kate away to the Seychelles for a romantic “commitment holiday.”
And the rest, as they say, is history.