Kate Middleton and Prince William have been married for more than a decade now and share three children between them, but the couple had actually broken up before they officially sealed the deal.
The Duke of Cambridge, now 39, and the now Duchess of Cambridge, 40, went through some serious relationship problems in 2007, which caused them to temporarily break up before finally announcing their engagement in 2010.
According to Express UK, William and Kate later talked about their split with the Duchess, revealing that it taught her some valuable lessons.
Kate was quoted as saying at the time: “At the time, I was not very happy about it, but it actually made me a stronger person. You find out things about yourself that you may not have been aware of.”
She went on to add: “I think you can get pretty engrossed in a relationship when you’re younger. I really appreciated that time, even for me, even though I did not think so at the time.”
As for Prince William, he revealed that the split was about “just a little space” and that it eventually “worked for the better.”
According to reports at the time, William was the one who broke off the two’s relationship and had actually called Kate while she was at work. Her colleagues later confirmed that the future queen “paced” and then “ran out” while she was on the said call.