Seeing the Prince and Princess of Wales’ almost 12 years of marriage first-hand, it’s hard to remember a time that they weren’t such a united front. But they, like all couples, had moments of insecurity and big blowout fights, as is reported by royal author Katie Nicholl.
In her new book, The Making of a Royal Romance, one report shares an instance that left Catherine, now Princess of Wales, in tears after Prince William broke his promise regarding “big plans”.
It was back in 2006 that William had informed his girlfriend of five years, that they were unable to spend Christmas together at the Queen’s Sandringham celebrations, as only married couples were invited.
Catherine understood his point, and instead the couple decided to make “big plans” for the New Year, with the prince to spend time with the Middletons, Catherine’s family.
However, when William called on Boxing Day to cancel on her, the floodgates had reportedly opened. Soon after, in April 2007, it was revealed that they had broken up to the disappointment of both the public, and reportedly even the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Nicholls said the separation wasn’t on a whim, as “William had been having second thoughts and sat down with his father and his grandmother to have a frank discussion about his future with Kate. Both advised him not to hurry into anything.”
But, as we know, they got their happily ever after, being spotted weeks later kissing at a party.
The couple later spoke about their brief separation in Catherine’s first public TV interview, with her admitting that she “wasn’t very happy” about their break.
“But it actually made me a stronger person,” she conceded, “You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn’t realised.
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“I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you are younger, and I really valued that time for me as well although I didn’t think it at the time.”
William added, “It was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up so it was just a bit of space, and it worked out for the better.”
The pair wed in November 2011 and have since welcomed their three children, Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, eight, and Prince Louis, four.