Wills apparently had 'second thoughts' early on in his relationship with Kate

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Whether it's a low-key case of The Ick or full-blown cold feet before ~ the big day ~ it's pretty common for people to question their relationship from time to time. It's understandable then, that even Prince William had some doubts when he first started dating his now-wife, Kate Middleton. Yep, even when you're second in line to the throne, no relationship is without its ups and downs. 

In her new book, The Making of a Royal Romance, royal expert Katie Nicholl says the couple hit a rocky patch back in 2006, five years into their relationship. It all started when Prince William started having "second thoughts" about his and Kate's future. 

"William had been having second thoughts and sat down with his father and his grandmother to have a frank discussion about his future with Kate," Nicholl claims, "Both advised him not to hurry into anything."

In light of his family's advice, the then 24-year-old reportedly cancelled plans he'd made with Kate to spend the holidays together, which didn't go down all too well. In her book, Nicholl alleges that the Duke of Cambridge had been set to spend Christmas with the Royals at Sandringham, and then travel to Kate's home for New Years. But, she was apparently "left in tears" when he phoned her on Boxing Day to call the plans off. 

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Photo credit: Anwar Hussein - Getty Images

Things went downhill for the couple after that, and the pair split just a few months later in early 2007. Speaking about their time apart, Kate reportedly said (via Good to Know): "At the time I wasn't very happy about it, but it actually made me a stronger person. You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn't realised. 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."

Prince William had something similar to say about the split too. "We were both very young," he said, "we were 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, it was a bit of space and a bit of things like that and it worked out for the better."

Thankfully, the breakup didn't last long and the future Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got back together in 2008, after being spotted kissing at an army party in Bovington, Dorset. Not long afterwards, Kate moved into William's flat at Clarence House, and the pair eventually married in 2011. The rest, as they say, is history...

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