Was Kate Middleton Plotting to Marry Prince William Since Before College?

The story goes that Kate Middleton knew Prince William for years before they started dating. The future king met his lovely bride in 2001 while they were both attending St. Andrew’s University. But it wasn’t love at first sight for these two.

It wasn’t until Prince William saw his future bride strutting her stuff wearing a skimpy outfit in a 2003 fashion show that things started heating up. The pair started dating shortly after that now famous event. But new information proves that Kate Middleton may have been plotting to date Prince William all along—even before she went to college.

Here’s what we’ve learned about why she chose St. Andrew’s and what it has to do with her marriage.

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

Kate Middleton made an important decision about her future

Michael and Carole Middleton encouraged their daughter to go to college like so many parents do. From their perspective, they were probably thinking of Kate’s education and future career path in addition to potential suitors. Because a career is important—but so is marriage.

As royal correspondent Matthew Bell reported, “Some insiders wonder whether her university meeting with Prince William can really be ascribed to coincidence.”

“Although at the time of making her application to universities it was unknown where the Prince was intending to go, it has been suggested that her mother persuaded Kate to reject her first choice on hearing the news and take up her offer at Saint Andrews instead.”

Kate Middleton and Carole Middleton
Kate Middleton and Carole Middleton | Antony Jones/Brendan Bierne/UK Press via Getty Images

And while she was at University, Kate played it cool, dating other men and socializing with friends. When the Duke of Cambridge saw her walking in that fashion show, she was actually in a relationship with another man who she also met at St. Andrews.

Did Carole Middleton want her daughter to marry royalty?

It sounds like a fairytale: having your little girl grow up to marry a prince. But it’s also a one in a million chance that it can happen. For Carole Middleton, she hit the jackpot when Prince William saw Kate Middleton walking in that fashion show.

That’s probably what made it so devastating when Will and Kate famously broke up in 2007. After years of speculation that they’d get engaged, royal fans were devastated that the golden couple could possibly part ways. If Carole Middleton really was scheming to become part of the royal family, then that breakup almost ruined everything.

It all worked out for Kate Middleton and Prince William

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

Cheating rumors aside, Prince William and Kate Middleton appear to have a charmed marriage that anyone would be jealous of. Even if Kate did sacrifice her top choice school to be closer to the future king, in the end the risk was worth the benefit.

Now Kate Middleton is far from her college days. She has a prince husband who makes her laugh, three gorgeous children, and a lovely life as a working royal. It’s almost guaranteed that she doesn’t regret her decision to ditch her top choice college—the life she got instead is worth more than any diploma.