Prince William Hurt Kate Middleton’s Feelings At His 21st Birthday Party

Prince William and Kate Middleton started dating their first year of college at St. Andrews University. As a result –youth and immaturity sometimes got in the way of their relationship. Though the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been happily married since 2011 and they have three adorable children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, things haven’t always been smooth sailing.

The duke and duchess broke up twice before finally getting engaged in 2010. Now, it appears that the prince was rude to his now-wife at his 21st birthday party.

How did Prince William hurt Kate Middleton’s feelings before his 21st birthday party?

Before their romance went public –Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton dated privately in college. Their relationship was still a secret (because of the prince’s royal status) when Prince William invited Middleton to his 21st birthday party. However, just before the soiree, the Duke of Cambridge gave a lengthy interview where he insisted he was still single. He said,

There’s been a lot of speculation about every single girl I am with, and it does irritate me after a while, more so because it is a complete pain for the girls. These poor girls, whom I’ve either just met or are friends of mine, suddenly get thrown into the limelight and their parents get run up and so on. I think it’s a little unfair on them, really. I’m used to it, because it happens quite a lot now. But it’s very different for them and I don’t like that at all. If I fancy a girl and she fancies me back, which is rare, I ask her out. But at the same time, I don’t want to put them in an awkward situation because a lot of people don’t know what comes with knowing me, for one-and secondly, if they were my girlfriend, the excitement it would probably cause.

How did Prince William hurt Kate Middleton’s feelings at his 21st birthday party?

The interview was already harsh–but because the royal pair had to keep their relationship under wraps we kind of understand. However, it did not help the prince’s cause when he boldly ignored Kate Middleton at his 21st birthday party.

In her book Kate: The Future Queen, –royal expert and biographer Katie Nicholl explained that though Middleton could handle the prince’s lies to the press she was hurt when he flat out ignored her at his 21st birthday. Instead, he hung out with Jecca Craig –his old friend and rumored ex who had flown in from Kenya for the party. Nicholl writes,

Kate didn’t know whether they had been romantically involved or not, but she noted that Jecca had been seated at the head table next to William, whereas Kate had to raise her glass to toast the prince from afar.

We can see why things were rocky between this pair for a while.

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