Palace Was 'Blindsided' When Prince William Said Kate Middleton Was 'The One': 'She Was Always Seen As A Girlfriend Or Friend,' Author Claims

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Oct. 8 2021, Published 9:58 a.m. ET

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What if Kate Middleton and Prince William never got together?! Well, it almost happened! The two have been happily married for 10 years, but they split for a short time in 2007 before reuniting, and when the prince told his family that he wanted to spend his life with the brunette beauty, they were taken aback.

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"I think the tussle, the Cain and Abel break up between William and Harry stems from the fact that Harry felt he was very supportive of William when he was undergoing his long courtship of Catherine," royal biographer Andrew Morton claimed. "Remember, Catherine and her family came in from some flack from inside the royal family, there was never any sense that Catherine was 'the one,' she was always seen as a girlfriend or a friend from university who would fade into the background."

"Everybody inside the Palace was blindsided when she became a real item of William's," he continued. "Harry felt that he'd supported William, and he didn't feel that he was getting the same support from his brother during his courtship with Meghan."

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Now, it seems like the couple — who share Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3 — are better than ever, which will only help them when they eventually take the throne one day.

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"They are bringing to the party different means of achieving the whole," their former private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton explained to PEOPLE Royals. "He has the experience of knowing where the institution sits and seeing it evolve. The Duchess brings this pragmatic awareness of what it's like to be from a decent, down-to-earth family."

The pair have since "become the modern face of the institution," Lowther-Pinkerton shared. "Thank God they've got each other and the training that they've had. They have a solid bond through these last 10 years. If you had scoured the realm you couldn't have got a better pair, frankly."

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