Kate Middleton and Prince William might seem to have the fairytale romance now, but the couple had a rather tumultuous courtship including a brief split– and now it turns out a member of the royal family actively tried to break the pair up.
According to Christopher Andersen, author of the book Game Of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, And The Throne, Camilla wanted Wills to split with “pretty but dim” Kate – largely due to her lack of royal blood.
The Sun reports that the two have always had a rocky relationship, deeming her “too lowly” to marry into the royal family, so much so that she is said to have asked Prince Charles to convince his son to end things.
Anderson says it was Kate’s growing popularity the threatened Camilla, who was worried the public would love her and Wills more than herself and Charles.
While the pair did split briefly in April 2007, it's unclear if Camilla's comments had anything to do with it. The break-up was short-lived, however, with the couple back together by June.
Thankfully for Kate (and us) Camilla didn’t get her way and the pair married in April 2011 and are now parents to three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
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