Prince William Had a ‘Roving Eye’ When He Was Dating Kate Middleton

Did Prince William really have an affair with Rose Hanbury? The rumor seemed to lose steam, but may have gained a bit of a bump with a tidbit about the prince having a “roving eye” before he and now wife Kate Middleton broke up.

Prince William and Kate Middleton Visit University Of St Andrews
Prince William and Kate Middleton | Indigo/Getty Images

Prince William and Middleton broke up briefly

The couple met while attending the University of St. Andrews in 2001 and went on to date after Middleton appeared in a fashion show which caught the prince’s attention. The couple eventually fell on some tougher times as William reportedly told friends that “all the fun had gone” from their relationship and they broke up in 2007.

After graduation, they agreed to a “trial separation” because, according to royal expert Katie Nicholl, William “wanted space.” A close friend told the Daily Mail at the time: “He is only 24 and simply wasn’t ready to settle down. He has always had a roving eye… that’s something Kate has always known and accepted — it was part of the deal, if you like.”

The couple’s friend also explained that “Kate did everything she could to make him stay” by “playing a waiting game one minute and then hard-to-get the next.” The friend shared that Middleton “intended to be photographed at as many places as she could without William to punish him for all those pictures that appeared of him clubbing with other girls.”

Prince William and Kate Middleton broke up
Kate Middleton and Prince William | Middleton Family/Clarence House via GettyImages

The couple reunited

William and Middleton eventually found their way back into each other’s hearts and were engaged in 2010. William said of their split, “We were both very young. It was at university, we were sort of both finding ourselves as such and being different characters and stuff, it was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up.”

Middleton also chalked it up to being young and looked at the learning experience of it all, sharing, “At the time, I wasn’t very happy about it but actually it made me a stronger person. You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn’t realized, or I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you are younger and I really valued that time for me as well although I didn’t think it at the time. Looking back on it.”

Did Prince William cheat on Middleton with Rose Hanbury?

The details of William’s past, claiming he had a wandering eye for the ladies, certainly could support rumors that he cheated on Middleton with Rose Hanbury, but there has been no solid advice that he had an affair. According to one report, William and Middleton are “concerned” about Hanbury being swept up in the rumors.

A source shared with HollywoodLife: “Kate and William generally ignore these sorts of nasty rumors. But this one has really rocked them, that’s why lawyers are involved. The rumor is so ugly and so false, they couldn’t just ignore it.”

The source further shared that the cheating gossip “doesn’t just hurt them” and that the couple “are very concerned for Rose… she’s a married woman with children, and she’s not used to this kind of public scrutiny. She’s a friend of not only Kate’s but also the entire family, so this is upsetting for everyone.”