What if Prince William never proposed to Kate Middleton? Well, that almost happened!
According to author Katie Nicholl, when the couple went through a rough patch in 2006, the prince was nervous about his future with the brunette beauty.
"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," the expert claimed. "Both advised him not to hurry into anything."
As a result, William spent Christmas with his family and canceled plans with Kate, 40, which "left her in tears."
In 2007, the two called it quits, however they were able to work through things, as William popped the question in 2010.
"At the time, I wasn’t very happy about it, but it made me a stronger person," she said of their split. "You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn’t realized. I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you’re younger. I really valued that time for me as well, although I didn’t think it at the time."
For his part, William echoed similar sentiments. "We were both very young," he said. "We were both finding ourselves and being different characters. 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 thing like that and it worked out for the better."
Fortunately, the two were able to make it work, and now they share three kids: Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3.
Now that she's been a part of the royal family for quite some time, Kate is turning out to be what just the doctor ordered.
"As the Prince Andrew scandal shows, the monarchy is in desperate need of reassuringly conventional royal performers," Princess Diana's former chief of staff Patrick Jephson told Page Six. "Catherine is just what these troubled royal times need — it’s no exaggeration that the Windsors’ future lies in her hands."