This is why Prince William and Kate Middleton broke up early into their relationship

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge explained exactly what happened in an interview

This is why Prince William and Kate Middleton broke up early in their relationship
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Prince William and Kate Middleton are a picture of perfect happiness these days, along with their three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. But it wasn't always plain sailing for the future King and Queen.

After meeting at St. Andrew's University in Edinburgh in 2001 and remaining friends for a year, the couple's friendship then developed into a relationship. But after a approximately five years together, William and Kate split up for a short period. Media speculation at the time suggested the break-up occurred in early 2007, shortly after William graduated as an army officer, although Royal Family officials never confirmed it at the time.

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In a statement, Clarence House refused to directly address the reports, instead saying in a statement: "We don't comment on Prince William's private life."

In a surprising turn of events, however - given that the Royal Family doesn't usually like to talk about the most intimate details of their personal relationships - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were quizzed on their brief separation during their engagement interview with ITV in 2010.

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Speaking to ITV News' then-political editor, Tom Bradby (he's now the News at Ten anchor), William explained exactly why the pair split - although it does throw into question specifically when their break up occurred.

"We were both very young," William explained, taking a lead on the awkward question. "It was at university, we were sort of 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," the Prince continued.

If the media reports were correct about William and Kate's split in 2007, that would have occurred over a year-and-a-half after the couple left university, however William specifically said the brief separation happened while they were still studying together in Scotland.

William's explanation might not have cleared up exactly when he and his future wife briefly parted ways, but he did go on to say it was ultimately a positive thing.

"It was just sort of a bit of space and a bit of things like that, and it worked out for the better," he told Tom Bradby. And it was a sentiment that Kate echoed.

"I think I... at the time wasn't very happy about it, but actually it made me a stronger person," Kate added.

"You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn't realised, or 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. Looking back on it."

Thankfully, as we all well know, William and Kate managed to smooth over whatever issues they had, and got back together. The pair went on to get engaged in Kenya in 2010, and married in a public ceremony on April 29, 2011.

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Like all relationships, the Duke and Duchess' had its ups and downs, but after seven years of marriage, and 16 years of being together, they're still going strong.

And for William, it seems he always knew he wanted to end up with Kate.

"From my point of view, when I first met Kate, I knew there was something very special about her," he said in the engagement interview.

All together now: ahhhh.

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