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Kate Middleton, at 40, has dated Prince William nearly half of her life, meeting him as a “fresher” at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 2001, becoming friends, and later falling in love.
But before William, there was, oddly enough, Harry—Harry Blakelock, her first love, who was “all she ever talked about,” according to The Mirror. Kate met Harry while attending the prestigious Marlborough College and became “besotted” by him, “but their romance didn’t last and before heading to university, Kate spent some time in Florence, studying art in the Italian city,” the outlet reports. While in Florence, Kate didn’t date anyone, still hung up on Harry, who apparently gave the future Duchess of Cambridge rampant mixed signals. (Hey, we’ve all been there.)
“When Kate arrived in Florence, she was really hung up about Harry,” a friend told The Mail on Sunday. “She spoke about him all the time and he seemed to have messed her around quite a bit. He seemed to have blown hot and cold with her when they were at school, and she was always talking about how she could get him back.”
Harry apparently later married a school friend of Kate’s and is now a partner at Lockton, which is the world’s largest independent insurance broker. And, spoiler alert, things turned out pretty okay for Kate, too. She met some unknown bloke by the name of William at St. Andrews, eventually became his friend and later his roommate, and then the two fell in love.
“She’s got a really naughty sense of humor, which really helps me because I’ve got a really dirty sense of humor, so it was good fun, we had a really good laugh, and then things happened,” William said in an interview surrounding their engagement.
So, that guy you’re hung up about that doesn’t give you what you need? He might just be the prelude to your own prince. *shrugs shoulders*
Rachel Burchfield is a writer whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family. In addition to serving as the weekend editor at Marie Claire, she has worked with publications like Vogue, Vanity Fair, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, and more. She cohosts Podcast Royal, a show that provides candid commentary on the biggest royal family headlines and offers segments on fashion, beauty, health and wellness, and lifestyle.
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