Kate and William did not first meet at university, new book reveals

We all know how the royal fairytale supposedly went: Kate Middleton and Prince William met by coincidence while they were both attending St Andrews university. They dated, fell in love, and eventually got married.


But it turns out the royal couple actually met long before that, in school -- after which Kate reportedly changed her university choice from Edinburgh to St Andrews so as to match William's.



"Kate’s firm choice was Edinburgh and that was confirmed," Jasper Selwyn, the careers advisor at Marlborough College revealed in a new biography by Katie Nicholl called Kate: The Future Queen. 


As a teenager, Catherine already had a crush on the handsome prince after he visited St Andrews prep school (William was attending Ludgrove boarding school at the time) and would gush over him, saying, "There's no one quite like William," a former classmate told Hello! in 2011.  

"She used to say 'I bet he's really kind. You could just tell by looking at him,'" a friend added.


They continued to run in the same circles while Kate was attending Marlborough College and William was attending Eton College.



Nicholl claims that not only did Kate change her university choice, but that she also opted to take a gap year, like William, and had to reapply so as to get into the same course. It was a risky move, as applicants had shot up nearly 50 per cent since it was announced that the prince was going to attend.


The gamble paid off and the rest is royal history: Kate and William married in 2011 and welcomed their first child Prince George in July.


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