An anxious Prince William had a "frank" discussion with the Queen over "second thoughts" he was having about Kate Middleton, according to a royal expert.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 40, dated for years before they married at Westminster Abbey in 2011, having met around a decade earlier when they were both studying at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.
But they split in 2007, around four years into their relationship, after Wills reportedly got cold feet as pressure grew to propose amid engagement rumours.
Royal expert and author Katie Nicholl has said the future king had confided in Prince Charles and the Queen months before the split.
She said: "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. Both advised him not to hurry into anything.”
The Mirror reports William began to miss Kate within a couple of months of breaking-up and they soon got back together.
Speaking about their brief split later on, mum-of-three Kate said: "At the time, I wasn't very happy about it, but it made me a stronger person.
"You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn’t realised.
"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".
William added: "We were both very young… we were both finding ourselves and being different characters.
"It was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up, so it was just a bit of space and it worked out for the better."
They haven't looked back since and have reportedly just moved into their new home in Windsor with their children George, Charlotte and Louis.
The family have left behind their Kensington Palace apartment in London for Adelaide Cottage near Windsor Castle in the Home Park.
Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, are joining the co-educational private Lambrook School near Ascot in Berkshire.
A royal source said William and Kate are seeking a life in the country away from the "goldfish bowl" of Kensington Palace to give their children "the ‘most normal’ start possible" and "more freedom" than they had in central London.
The couple will retain the Kensington Palace apartment as their official residence and working base, as well as their 10-bedroom Norfolk country mansion Anmer Hall, which was a gift from the Queen.
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