Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge are one of the most famous and well-loved couples on the planet, and the world adores their little family of five.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

But Catherine and William’s first meeting actually happened before their days at St. Andrews when the 9 year-old prince visited Kate’s school for a hockey match, according to royal correspondent Kate Nicholls.

However, it was in 2001 when they officially met at university and were reportedly friends for two years while studying before anything romantic happened between them.

And despite the fact that they appear to be one of the strongest couples in the public eye, biographer Andrew Morton claims that William acted slightly odd towards his future wife when they first started dating in 2003.

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In his 2011 biography, William & Catherine: Their Story, Morton alleges that William was ‘obstinate and strong-willed.’

He expanded, “William could be an overwhelming presence at times, Kate felt taken for granted – treated like a servant rather than a girlfriend.”

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Morton also spoke to their university colleague, Michael Chong, who claimed, “He could be flip and curt with her.

“She didn’t like it when he ignored her and got into conversation with someone as though she wasn’t there. He expected Kate to run after him and the longer they knew each other, the more he seemed to keep her on a tight leash.”

The couple dated for four years before their brief split in 2007, which William addressed during their engagement video in 2010.

“We were both very young,” Prince William explained. “It was at university, we were sort of both finding ourselves as such and being different characters and stuff, it was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up.”

He continued, “It was just sort of a bit of space and a bit of things like that, and it worked out for the better.”

And the pair couldn’t be happier now!

FROM: Marie Claire, our sister site. Written by Jadie Troy-Pryde.