The actual moment Prince William and Kate Middleton met—and no, it wasn't at uni

Kate Middleton and Prince William first met before they went to university, a royal biographer has claimed. (Getty Images)
Kate Middleton and Prince William first met before they went to university, a royal biographer has claimed. (Getty Images)

Think you know exactly how the Prince and Princess of Wales met? Think again.

While it’s well known that Prince William and Kate Middleton began dating while they were both students at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, they actually met some time before as high school students.

According to royal biographer Katie Nicholl, Kate and William met through friends when they were both in sixth form.

"I was speaking to some of her friends at Marlborough School, which is where [Kate] went before St. Andrews," Nicholl said in 2013.

"And they said, ‘Uh-uh, she didn’t meet him at St. Andrews, she met him before she got there, while she was at school during her sixth form through some of her friends. They knew Prince William and Prince Harry, so there wasn’t any meeting.’ And that, for me, it changed everything."

ETON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 18:  Prince William At Eton College Wearing A Waistcoat Which Is His Privilege As  A Member Of The Elite Prefect Society Called 'pop'  (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
William reportedly first met Kate while he was still studying at Eton College. (Getty Images)

It was even before this that Kate first saw William, as Nicholl said that the Princess first laid eyes on her future husband when she was just nine years old.

Adding further details about the sighting in her book, Kate: The Future Queen, Nicholls wrote: "Although [Kate] wasn’t especially interested in boys, the arrival of one particular young man had caught her attention.

"Nearby Ludgrove Prep school would often play matches against St. Andrew’s Prep, and there was much excitement when Prince William, a left back on Ludgrove’s Colts team, came to St. Andrew’s to play a hockey match when he was nine years old. William, like Kate, loved sports and was one of the best hockey and rugby players in his year. Of course, the arrival of the prince generated a flurry of excitement. It was the first time Kate had set her eyes on the young prince but certainly not the last."

Kate attended Marlborough College as a teenager, while William famously attended Eton College in Windsor. The schools are only an hour’s drive apart so they could certainly have met as high school students.

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JUNE 23: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAY) Prince William's girlfriend, Kate Middleton,  arrives for his graduation ceremony at the University Of St Andrews on June 15, 2005 in St Andrew's, Scotland. The Prince receives his 2:1 Master Of Arts (Honours) Degree in Geography at Scotland's oldest university, marking the end of his university education. (Photo by Daily Mail/Pool/Anwar Hussein Collection/Getty Images)
Kate said in her engagement interview that she and William became close friends at university. (Getty Images)

Both Will and Kate took a gap year after school, both using it as an opportunity to travel, before starting at St Andrews where they both studied Art History - although William later changed to Geography.

After announcing their engagement in 2010, William revealed more details of how their relationship formed, stating: "When I first met Kate, I knew there was something very special about her. I knew there was possibly something that I wanted to explore there. We ended up being friends for a while and that just sort of was a good foundation. Because I do generally believe now that being friends with one another is a massive advantage. And it just went from there."

Kate added: "I actually think I went bright red when I met you and sort of scuttled off, feeling very shy. But we did become very close friends from quite early."

With Netflix’s sixth and final season of The Crown set to drop in two parts this November and December, we can expect to get a glimpse of the fictional Kate and Will on screen as the show charts the Royal Family through the late 1990s and early 2000s.

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - MARCH 17: Actor Ed McVey, as Prince William and actress Meg Bellamy who plays Kate Middleton are seen during filming for the next season of The Crown on March 17, 2023 in St Andrews, Scotland. The sixth series of the drama, based on the real lives of the recent British monarchy, is set in St Andrews where the Prince and Princess of Wales met whilst studying at University. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Ed McVey and Meg Bellamy filming for The Crown at the University of St Andrews. (Getty Images)

"Prince William (Ed McVey) is entering university at St. Andrews, where he hopes to lead as normal a life as possible before taking up his royal responsibilities," Netflix said in a statement earlier this year.

"Little does he know that the future for the crown begins right on campus, when he meets fellow student from Berkshire Kate Middleton (Meg Bellamy)."

We, for one, can’t wait to see how their meeting plays out on screen.

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