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Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first meeting as children – years before royal romance and marriage

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The wedding of the decade between Prince William and Catherine Middleton drew in a TV audience of over 60 million worldwide.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have now been married for ten years and have three children.

While many know that their romance started when they were both studying at St Andrews University in Scotland, it would seem that the royal couple’s paths crossed over ten years before.

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Vanity Fair’s Royal Correspondent and best-selling author, Katie Nicholl, claims Prince William may have first caught Kate’s eye when their schools’ hockey teams played each other.

The royal pair took eldest son George to the football

The young royal, then nine, was a student at Ludgrove Prep School and his teammates are said to have gone to Kate’s school – St. Andrew’s Prep – for a match.

In her book, Kate: The Future Queen, Nicholl writes: “Although she wasn’t especially interested in boys, the arrival of one particular young man had caught her attention.

“Nearby Ludgrove Prep school would often play matches against St. Andrew’s Prep, and there was much excitement when Prince William, a left back on Ludgrove’s Colts team, came to St. Andrew’s to play a hockey match when he was nine years old.

“William, like Kate, loved sports and was one of the best hockey and rugby players in his year. Of course, the arrival of the prince generated a flurry of excitement.”

The couple’s official meeting when they were both enrolled at St Andrew’s University in 2001.

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It also came to light that Kate chose the same expedition company as her husband, Raleigh International, to do her gap year with.

The pair spent ten weeks trekking, helping locals and building in Chile, albeit a few weeks apart.

Malcolm Sutherland, who ran both expeditions, has called the coincidence “absolutely crazy.”

He continued: “For me, it was a normal assumption that everybody else would have realised what that connection was. I think a lot of people don’t realise there is that common connection there in their pasts.”

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