- Veteran royal writer Robert Lacey is revealing new details about Prince William and Kate's royal romance.
- According to the writer, the two split up many times over the years, which Prince William saying quite candidly he's not thinking of committing.
- "Ms Middleton was not going to be seen as defeated," Robert writes, as he reveals how Kate finally got her prince to go down on one knee.
Robert Lacey's new book is revealing so much more than just the tension between Princes William and Harry.
In the latest and final excerpt from his book, Battle Of Brothers: William, Harry And The Inside Story Of A Family In Tumult, which is being serialised by the Daily Mail, he writes of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's rocky romance.
"Just how accidental was it that Catherine 'Kate' Middleton ended up at the University of St Andrews in the autumn of 2001 — at precisely the same time as Prince William?" he asks, before revealing Kate had turned down placement at her first-choice university, Edinburgh, to study fine art, the same as William.
William and Kate had met many times before, but it was that fashion show in March 2002, that really caught William's attention, according to the veteran royal writer.
"Only the very hottest chicks had been selected to parade — and Kate was determined to dazzle. At the last minute, she discarded the chunky knitwear she'd been given to wear over a see-through skirt and instead hoiked the skirt up above her boobs to create a mini-dress, with her black bra and knickers showing through.
"No wonder William was impressed. 'Wow,' he whispered to Fergus Boyd, 'Kate's hot!' That very evening, at the aftershow party, William and Kate were seen kissing each other."
Though William and Kate seem like the perfect couple right now, they broke up many a time over the years, which had much to do with William's 'boys only' sailing trip to Greece with an all-female crew, as well as him saying in interviews quite candidly that he's not ready to get married and commit until he's at least 30.
But still, the couple somehow found their way back to one another...
As Kate found herself both on the party scene and doing philanthropic work – "Ms Middleton was not going to be seen as defeated," Robert writes. "From Kate's point of view, her mission was to convey a very definite message to the world, too – and to one particular person." – William realised he needed Kate.
"Suddenly girls from Brazil no longer seemed so glamorous, and the prince missed his family — which by now meant the Middleton family... Then, just ten and a half weeks after the Jigsaw conference-room call [the phone call in which the split], the couple were seen kissing and dancing closely at a party in the prince's barracks in Bovington, Dorset."
The rest, as they say, is history, with William proposing to Kate in 2010, at the age of 28.