Kate Middleton ‘first set eyes on William when she was nine after he came to play sports at her school’, royal biographer claims

WE ARE all familiar with the story of how Kate Middleton caught a young Prince William’s eye when she appeared in the St Andrews fashion show as a university student.

However, a royal biographer has claimed that she had her sights set on him long before that.

The Duchess of Cambridge actually spotted her now husband during a hockey match at a prep school when they were both just nine years old explains Katie Nicholl in her book Kate: The Future Queen.

She writes: “‘Although [Kate] 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.

Speaking of the pair’s mutual love of sports she continues: “Of course, the arrival of the prince generated a flurry of excitement, it was the first time Kate had set her eyes on the young prince, but certainly not the last.”

It comes just a day after we revealed a royal expert claimed that Kate swapped her first choice of Edinburgh University to study at the same one as the royal.

Royal correspondent Matthew Bell said Carole Middleton pushed her daughter towards the University of Saint Andrews in the hope she would meet Prince William.

Matthew said in The Spectator in 2005: “Some insiders wonder whether her university meeting with Prince William can really be ascribed to coincidence.

"Although at the time of making her application to universities it was unknown where the Prince was intending to go, it has been suggested that her mother persuaded Kate to reject her first choice on hearing the news and take up her offer at Saint Andrews instead."

The royal expert said his information came from a “reliable source” who “knew Kate well”, but at the time the Middletons denied all claims.

He’s not the only royal writer to say Kate tried to meet Prince William when she found out he was studying in Scotland.

Author Katie agreed writing in her 2013 book, that it was the Duchess of Cambridge who plotted herself to meet the heir to the throne.

She said Kate rejected her first choice of Edinburgh University to go to Saint Andrews after Prince William’s choice was revealed to the public.

And Katie also said that the duchess deliberately took a gap year so they would be studying at the same time as her future husband.

Kate went on to meet her future partner in September 2001, when they moved to the Scottish city of Fife.

A year later, when they moved into a student home with two other friends, their romance is said to have blossomed.

The pair dated on and off for ten years, before Prince William proposed in 2010, and they tied the knot at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011.

They now have three beautiful children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Kate’s old career advisor at her school Marlborough College, Jasper Selwyn, confirmed in the book that her first choice had been Edinburgh.

In other royal news we reported that Meghan Markle ‘will follow Sarah Ferguson’s non-traditional footsteps and give birth away from the royal spotlight’ according to Victoria Arbiter.

And we showed you Meghan Markle and Prince Harry spent two hours shopping in a herbal ‘wellness’ centre that uses healing chants and practises ‘Numerology’.

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