Recreating the Royal Aughts: 'The Crown' Deep Dives Into the 2000s Era 'Epic' Love Story of Prince William and Kate Middleton

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Prince William and Kate Middleton portrayed by Ed McVey and Meg Bellamy in the final season of 'The Crown.'

Dec. 15 2023, Published 7:32 p.m. ET

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The Crown's final slate of six episodes dropped on Thursday, December 14, and the series is winning praise for recreating the 2000s-era love story of Prince William (Ed McVey) and Kate Middleton (Meg Bellamy).

"[The couple’s] love story is really epic in its own way," William and Kate: A Royal Love Story author Christopher Andersen, shared.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton's early relationship is explored in season six of 'The Crown.'

"It really signifies the royal family’s leap from the 20th century into the new millennium. As I pointed out in my book, Kate is a transformative figure: a descendant of coal miners whose mother grew up in public housing and worked as a flight attendant before starting her own children’s party planning business at home," the biographer added during an interview.

He continued: "The press went crazy, just as it had when Charles started dating Diana. Kate handled all the pressure with amazing strength, calm, and grace. William, meanwhile, was having nightmares that the woman he loved might meet the same terrible fate Diana did. So many women have fallen victim to palace intrigue, and from the beginning, knives were out for Kate; many high-place aristocrats and their handlers did not want to see the future King of England involved in a serious romance with a middle-class commoner, no matter how intelligent, beautiful or capable she was."

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Prince William and Kate Middleton were in a relationship from 2002-2011 before their marriage.

"When Kate moved into the dorm, known as 'Sally's' she was honored as the 'Prettiest Girl at Sally's in Freshers Week,' meaning 'Freshman Week,'" royal expert Hilary Fordwich dished. "William played water polo and would train for the swimming component in the Old Course Hotel pool, the same pool where Kate would swim many mornings. It was there that their athletic instincts were apparent to each other... They knew the other was health conscious, an attribute they have in common."

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Carole Middleton is portrayed as a 'meddlesome opportunist' in the series for her alleged efforts to plant Kate Middleton near Prince William.

"It is nothing short of astounding to think that this young woman, this absolute outsider with no particular pedigree, would be more savvy than people brought up inside palace walls when it came to handling the press. She was even more adept at navigating the treacherous waters of the monarchy. There is plenty of drama here; the courtship of William and Kate was anything but smooth going. There were obstacles in the road, hairpin turns, even a brief exit when, at Charles's incredibly clueless suggestion, William broke up with Kate after they had been together for five years," Andersen concluded.

Numerous royal commentators have also praised Carole Middleton over the years for instilling her strong work ethic into her daughter, despite her "opportunistic" depiction in The Crown.

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Since becoming the Prince and Princess of Wales in September 2022, Prince William and Kate Middleton's popularity has continued to grow around the world.

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