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If you were to make a list of iconic modern love stories, Prince William and Kate Middleton's (opens in new tab) would definitely make the list. It would actually be pretty close to the top of such a list (although, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's (opens in new tab) might be just a tad higher because the American girl marrying into European royalty (opens in new tab) thing is literally the stuff of rom-coms).
Will and Kate's fairytale happy ending was not always guaranteed, however. Prince William was infamously hesitant to settle down with Kate (opens in new tab), and the couple even broke up briefly in 2007 (opens in new tab) before eventually reuniting, getting married (opens in new tab), and making the cutest trio of royal babies (opens in new tab) the world has ever seen.
In fact, according to royal expert and author Katie Nicholl, Will even gave a flat "no" when asked about marrying Kate in 2005. As Express reports, Nicholl wrote about the incident in her 2011 book, The Making of a Royal Romance (opens in new tab), which chronicled Will and Kate's relationship.
At a press photo call during a ski trip with his dad, Prince Charles, and brother, Prince Harry (opens in new tab), in 2005, Will was asked by a reported if he and his then-girlfriend Kate would be next to walk down the aisle.
Will's response was apparently to literally laugh before saying,"No, I don’t think so."
Now, Will's answer (opens in new tab) was technically in response to the "next" part of the question, to be fair. What he officially meant by the remark was that Harry would be the next member of the immediate royal family to get married, but still.
Nicholl wrote that Kate didn't let the snub bother her—at least not publicly (opens in new tab).
"If it hurt Kate when William hinted that his younger brother Harry was more likely to tie the knot before they would, she didn't show it," she wrote.
Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
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