- Even though other students at the school Kate Middleton attended in her teens were dating a lot, the future Duchess of Cambridge didn't show much interest in boys during her high school years.
- According to royal expert and biographer Katie Nicholl, Kate had a few crushes and short-lived teen romances, but nothing serious.
- Gemma Williamson, who went to school with Kate at the time, explained that she always "got the distinct impression that Kate wanted to save herself for someone special."
Kate Middleton wasn't super interested in dating as a teen, apparently.
In fact, according to one of her best friends from the time, Kate seemed to be waiting for her Prince Charming from day one.
In her book Kate: The Future Queen, royal expert and biographer Katie Nicholl shares some stories of Kate's early crushes—and an interview with Kate's classmate, Gemma Williamson, who explains why she believes the future Duchess didn't date as much as her classmates.
According to Nicholl, Kate had a short-lived fling with a "popular and kind" boy named Wood, who was a boarder at her school and the captain of both the rugby and tennis teams. Kate also had a crush on a "floppy-haired" classmate named Willem Marx, but she didn't really take part in her school's dating scene—which was apparently pretty lively.
"I got the distinct impression that Kate wanted to save herself for someone special," Gemma told Nicholl. "It was quite an old-fashioned approach, especially at Marlborough, where half of the pupils were already having sex."
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Kate Middleton's Most Iconic Fashion Moments
July 23, 2020
The Duchess steps out to announce that Royal Foundation's 1.8 million fund will support frontline workers and the nation's mental health at the Sandringham Estate. Kate wore a Suzannah dress for the occasion.
June 27, 2020
For a visit to The Nook in eastern England, Kate Middleton wore an affordable floral print dress from Faithfull the Brand. Not surprisingly, thanks to the Kate Effect, it sold out almost immediately. However, fans of the design can see buy clothing iterations of the of it here and here. She completed the casual outing look with a pair of Russell & Bromley coconut wedges (shop similar espadrilles) and Accessorize hoop earrings.
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May 1, 2019
What color looks the best on Kate? Trick question: every color looks good on her, even green. The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted in this deep jade colored dress from Emilia Wickstead while leaving the new Centre of Excellence at Anna Freud Centre in London. She accessorized with beige Gianvito Rossi pointy toe pumps and a Mulberry Amberley clutch.
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