Kate Middleton Once Pretended to Be Prince William's Girlfriend Before They Were Dating

Kate Middleton and Prince William were close friends in college before they started dating. Once, at a party, Kate pretended to be Will's girlfriend to save him from an aggressively flirty girl.

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Here's a fun story from the Will and Kate dating archives (opens in new tab) for you: One time, when Prince William and Kate Middleton (opens in new tab) were in college—but before they were dating—Kate had to step up (opens in new tab) and pose as Will's fake girlfriend (opens in new tab) to help him fend off a particularly thirsty girl at a party.

In her book Kate: The Future Queen (opens in new tab), royal expert and biographer Katie Nicholl (opens in new tab) relays the story, which apparently happened during the future Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's (opens in new tab) freshman year at St. Andrews, at a party thrown by Oli "Hairy" Baker.

Will and Kate's classmate, Laura Warshauer, shared the story:

How could Will not have fallen in love with Kate after that? Of course, they were already close before Operation Thirst Patrol, which is why Kate felt comfortable (opens in new tab) coming to Will's rescue at all, but this incident could only have deepened that bond.

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