Prince William Begged Kate Middleton to Take Him Back After Their Epic Breakup

It was one of the most devastating breakups of all time. Though now we know how the story ends — with a magical royal wedding and a happily ever after — there were a few tense weeks in 2007 when royal fans feared that Prince William and Kate Middleton were done for good. And it turns out they were almost correct about that.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met in college, but they didn’t experience the instant fireworks that their supposed rivals, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, did. Instead, the pair was friendly for years before their relationship turned romantic. Then when the pressure to get engaged got too intense, Prince William responded by breaking up with his beloved.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton | Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images

After their brief separation, the couple rekindled their romance and got back together. However, one royal biographer is making bold claims that the future king had to beg his jilted ex-girlfriend to take him back.

Why did Prince William and Kate Middleton break up in the first place?

Things were going great for the couple after they first started dating in 2004. But with the media placing intense pressure on the pair to get married, even printing up celebratory tea towels with their names on them, it got to be too much to handle.

In April 2007, Prince William supposedly said, “I can’t… It just isn’t going to work. It isn’t fair to you.” The world mourned the loss of this golden couple.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William & Kate Middleton | Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

After the breakup, Prince William was spotted out partying with friends, and even jumped up on a table at one point and shouted, “I’m free!” while doing the robot dance at a nightclub. Meanwhile, Kate Middleton handled herself with a bit more decorum, visiting family and joining an all-female boat racing team called Sisterhood.

The couple didn’t stay broken up for long

Though Prince William looked like a jovial bachelor, inside he was missing his long-term girlfriend and wishing he could get her back. In her book Kate: The Future Queen, royal biographer Kate Nicholl explains that Prince William initiated their reconciliation. But Middleton wasn’t ready to jump back in right away.

Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

“At the end of the month, they secretly met up at Clarence House and at a pub close to Highgrove, where William told her he wanted to get back together. Kate didn’t want to rush anything. She had been badly hurt and told William she needed some time,” Nicholl wrote.

Kate Middleton gave Prince William another chance

In the end, Kate Middleton had hurt feelings, but she was also practical. After hearing her ex’s plea to give him another chance, she attended a costume party at Prince William’s barracks and dressed up as a sexy nurse, making sure he saw exactly what he was missing.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Nicholl explained that Prince William followed Middleton around “like a lost puppy” during the party. “They couldn’t keep their hands off each other,” one partygoer explained to Nicholl. “William didn’t care that people were looking. His friends were joking that they should get a room.”

Ever since that fateful night, Kate Middleton and Prince William have been going strong. They may have waited several years to get engaged, but even during that interim their commitment to each other never wavered. Perhaps it was because Prince William worried he’s lose her for good if he ever tried a stunt like that again.

At least it all worked out in the end!