Prince William and Kate Middleton have been married for more than 11 years now, having met while studying at university. Of course, their relationship hasn’t always been sunshine and roses – William and Kate actually split up back in 2007.

At the time, there was much speculation concerning the real reason as to why they split. For Kate, marrying a royal meant sacrificing many of her own dreams. Now, a royal expert has offered the public a new possible reason why the couple decided to call it to quits in 2007.

Judy Wade, a former royal correspondent at Hello! Magazine, explains that Kate realized one significant “burden” about Prince William and his extraordinary life. In the end, though, it made her stronger and gave her more confidence than she had before.

When we’re young, many us dream of becoming real-life princes or princesses. Some imagine what it would be like to imagine themselves having been born into the Royal Family, while others hope to one day marry a prince or princess.

For a very, very small percentage of the general public, that dream becomes a reality. Take Meghan Markle, for example, who became a princess when she married Prince Harry. Kate Middleton, meanwhile, went one better, and will one day be the Queen. Naturally, that means sacrificing any plans of leading a “normal” life and, instead, giving everything in service to the Crown and all the engagements and duties that come with it.

Yet according to reports from a formal royal correspondent, the sheer weight of royal duties almost caused Kate Middleton to make a decision that would have drastically changed her life.

Though William and Kate made it out “the other side,” the latter’s initial period as the girlfriend of a future king was tough. Not only was she suddenly a person of great interest for the tabloid newspapers, but her private life was also investigated to the smallest detail.

Kate Middleton had nothing to hide, but even so she became a victim. Despite hailing from a middle-class background – her parents made millions via a company they owned – Kate was labeled “a commoner.”

Indeed, before she and William announced their engagement, Kate was nicknamed “Waity Katie” and “Lazy Katie”, in reference to the fact that Middleton had recently quit her job to “prepare for her future life.”

One can only imagine what it’s like to try and ready oneself for life as a royal. It’s no understatement to say that there probably exists no more extensive change in lifestyle – and associated publicity – in the world. But Kate Middleton managed, thanks to the help of “The Firm” and her then-fiancée, William.

In private, William is said to have extensively helped Kate prepare for life as a royal, according to royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams.

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