Why Prince William Was ‘Tempted’ Away From Kate Middleton

Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in 2011 and, though they began dating in 2003, there was a brief period in 2007 where they broke up. As rumors continue to swirl about Prince William cheating on Middleton with Rose Hanbury, details of the duke and duchess’ split come to light.

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Prince William was ‘tempted’ by the bachelor life

Prince William and Middleton’s relationship took a turn, according to a royal biographer, when William was “tempted” by the single life and partying lifestyle.

Andrew Morton explained in his 2011 book, William and Catherine, that William was conflicted about the relationship, noting, “There was an emotional conflict: while Kate had made it clear that she wanted a commitment from her man, Prince William, according to close friends, was not so sure. Siren voices were calling suggesting that the grass was greener on the other side of the fence.”

Part of the allure of greener pastures came with William partying with other officers, Morton notes, sharing: “For an unsettled suitor, temptation came in the form of his fellow officers of the Blues and Royals, nicknamed the ‘Booze and Royals.’ William found himself juggling his romance with night-time drinking sessions with his new Army friends.”

He added: “The juxtaposition of the prince acting like a bachelor having a good time and the last picture of him and Kate together, wearing dowdy matching tweed outfits at the Cheltenham races in March while looking gloomy and ill at ease, indicated that all was not well in Wills’ World.”

Their relationship ended for a time

There was tension between the two and, according to the 2010 biography Kate, author Marcia Moody explained the images of the unhappy couple, noting they were pictured “in decades-older tweed outfits” that “were indicative of the rot that had set in to their relationship.”

Morton added: “In April, much to Kate’s distress, William ended their relationship. It was a storm that had been brewing for a long time, arising from his unwillingness to commit and the feeling his friends noted that ‘he could do better.’”

The author further asserted that William wasn’t always the most pleasant boyfriend, sharing: “Obstinate and strong-willed, William could be an overwhelming presence and, at times, Kate felt taken for granted — treated like a servant rather than his girlfriend.”

Michael Choong, who was friends with the couple at University, told Morton: “He could be flip and curt with her. She didn’t like it when he ignored her and got into conversation with someone as though she wasn’t there.”

He continued, “He expected Kate to run after him and the longer they knew each other the more he seemed to keep her on a tight leash.” Another friend noted that the two had “ an edgy relationship,” adding, “They were always in and out.”

They eventually reconciled

Morton further explained: “There were often spats, rows and break-ups and William and Kate tried to find their way both as young adults and as a couple.” William and Middleton eventually reconciled and were engaged in 2010.

During their engagement interview, Middleton was asked about the breakup and shared: “I think 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. I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you’re younger… I really valued that time for me as well, although I didn’t think it at the time!”