KATE MIDDLETON and Prince William’s royal love story is one for the ages.
After meeting at the prestigious University of St Andrews in Scotland where they would run into each other in the halls and shared mutual friends the pair developed a friendship and moved to an off-campus apartment with a strictly platonic relationship, before a relationship eventually blossomed. The rest is history: A glorious royal wedding, three children and an ascendance to the tiles of Prince and Princess of Wales.
But, prior to their relationship, the pair had romances of their own and while William’s were blasted on the cover of tabloids throughout Britain, Kate was, at that point, unknown to the press and free to date as she pleased. And given her well-regarded beauty and wit, the now-Princess had quite the lineup of suitors prior to her royal romance, from heirs to news presenters. Here, we take a look back at the romances that led up to Kate and William’s coupling.
The now-princess’ first relationship was reportedly hockey captain Harry Blakelock, who Kate dated while she was studying at Marlborough College her boarding high school in Wiltshire.
Reportedly, Kate also briefly dated now-CBS News correspondent Willem Marx briefly around 2000, also while she was at Marlborough. Nothing much came from their courtship despite sources claiming he was her first love however, they remained good friends and Marx later attended her and William’s wedding in 2011.
Kate met Rupert Finch at St Andrews University in 2001, when he was in his final year of study. They reportedly split after less than a year of dating.
During Kate and William’s split in 2007, the princess had a fling with Henry Ropner, the son of businessman John Ropner and Prince William’s close friend from Eton.