Where Did Kate Middleton Find Refuge When Her Relationship From Prince William ‘Consumed’ Her?

It has been eight years since Kate Middleton and Prince William tied the knot, yet there was a time when their future together was very much in question. In 2007, five years into their relationship, Middleton and Prince William quietly broke up. The split came as a shock to royal watchers, who expected a proposal instead of a breakup. While the world wondered what would become of them, Middleton reportedly found refuge in a place that was most familiar to her.

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Inside Kate Middleton and Prince William’s breakup

Prince William and Middleton met when they were attending the University of St. Andrews. They started off as good friends, but it only took a year before their relationship turned romantic.

Once they confirmed that they were dating, Middleton immediately became a media sensation. Referred to as the next “People’s Princess,” Middleton could not go anywhere without attracting attention.

Royal watchers also fully expected Prince William to pop the big question after they left college in 2005. Yet he did the exact opposite in 2007.

Outside pressures were a big reason behind the split. It also did not help that Prince William was stationed in Dorset, putting a lot of miles between him and Middleton.

In the face of all these obstacles, Prince William and Middleton parted ways. While the future King of England dealt with the split by partying it up in Maliki, Middleton took a more level-headed approach to the situation.

Where did Middleton go when she split from Prince William?

According to Express, Kate Middleton jetted off to Ireland following the split to spend time with her mom, Carole Middleton. But instead of cooping herself up at home, Middleton decided to get busy.

In her book, Kate: A Biography, author Marcia Moody claims that Middleton refused to give in to her emotions, and the trip to Ireland was exactly what she needed.

“Kate was devastated, but instead of just weeping at home in a darkened room, she got busy,” Moody shared. “Nothing gives a problem some perspective than getting away from it, and flying to another country was even better.”

Middleton and her mother stayed in Ireland to support a family friend named Gemma Billington. At the time, Billington was showcasing a collection of her paintings.

After visiting Billington’s exhibit, Middleton and her mom went on a tour of the National Gallery of Ireland and made the most of their time together.

While Kate Middleton was distracting herself, Prince William was starting to get second thoughts about the split. In fact, it only took Prince William a few months to realize his mistake and ask for Middleton to come back.

But Middleton wasn’t ready to make amends just yet. Not only was she suffering from a broken heart, but she also wanted insurances that Prince William was ready to make a long-term commitment.

Middleton eventually got what she wanted and reunited with William by June of 2007. The two would go on to get engaged in 2010. They exchanged vows in a gorgeous ceremony in 2011 and have never turned back.

How did William handle the split?

While Middleton was very reasonable about the breakup, inside sources claim that Prince William’s behavior during the breakup was very questionable.

Royal expert Vicky Ward, for instance, says that Prince William dumped Kate Middleton because he wanted to explore his options and “sow his wild oats.” She also claims that the only reason William ran back to Middleton was because nobody else showed interest in him.

Ward says that Prince William expressed his concerns with his closest friends, including Tamara Rosenberg. Prince William allegedly told Rosenberg that he was confused about his relationship with Middleton and wanted to make sure he wasn’t missing something else.

But when Prince William ventured into the dating pool, he found out that his options were limited. That’s when he realized that Middleton was the perfect match and asked her to come back.

Looking back, Middleton recently opened up about the breakup and admitted that they both needed space. According to Latin Times, the Duchess of Cambridge confessed that they were both trying to find their identities and that the split actually worked out in the end.

“I think at the time, I wasn’t very happy about it but actually it made me a stronger person,” Middleton added.

With eight years of marriage and three kids under their belts, we have to admit that things worked out for Kate Middleton and Prince William for the good.