Kate Middleton & Prince William got together after she saved him from a ‘pushy’ flirt by saying she was his girlfriend

PRINCE William and Kate Middleton got together after she rescued him from a ‘pushy’ student at a university party, a royal author has claimed. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge both studied art history at St Andrews, and stayed in the same halls of residence, St Salvator's. 

The pair’s paths crossed occasionally around university, but it was Kate’s infamous outfit at a fashion show – a see through dress showing off her underwear – which caught the prince’s eye in 2002. 

According to author Robert Lacey, the Duke, 38, turned to pal Fergus Boyd and said 'Wow, 'Kate's hot!'.

There were reports the pair were seen kissing at the aftershow party, but Robert reveals the pair had a flirty run-in before the fashion show. 

The Daily Mail reported: “Just a month or so into their first term together, they attended a party at which William was getting seriously hit upon by a pushy female student. 

“The prince was being polite, but he couldn't shake her off, and the girl didn't get the hint — until Kate appeared out of nowhere behind him and put her arms around William. 

“'Oh sorry,' he said, 'but I've got a girlfriend,' and he and Kate went off giggling together. 'Thanks so much,' he mouthed to her.”

Robert noted that “love struck” between the pair, and Kate, 38, was asked to join a flatshare with Prince William in their second year, with two other friends. 

The couple had an on-off relationship over the next few years, with Kate turning down an invitation to the royal’s traditional Christmas lunch at Sandringham in 2006 until she had a ring. 

The parents-of-three briefly split in 2007, with Prince William previously saying: “We did split up for a bit. We were both very young, we were both at university, we were both finding ourselves as such, being different characters.

“We were both trying to find our own way with a bit of space, we were growing up and then it worked out for the better.”

And Kate added: “I at the time wasn’t very happy about it but actually it made me a stronger person, you find out things about yourself that maybe we hadn’t realised, you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you are younger.

“I really valued that time, although I didn’t think it at the time, looking back at it I do.”

But Robert Lacey claims it wasn’t the only time the couple parted ways, revealing they briefly split in 2004, during a summer break from university. 

The author claims Prince William went on an ‘all boys’ sailing trip to Greece – staffed by an all female crew. 

When Prince William returned, it seems the pair rekindled their relationship, although Kate was reportedly “miserable” during his absence. 

The prince eventually got down on one knee in Kenya in 2010, and the couple wed the year after, welcoming Prince George in 2012, Princess Charlotte in 2015, and Prince Louis in 2018.

Plus Prince George and Charlotte look cheeky in the garden & Louis plays in sand in previously unseen photos.

And we revealed how Michelle Keegan is taking style inspiration from Kate Middleton with tartan coats, khaki parkas & houndstooth prints.

Meanwhile George, Charlotte and Louis star in adorable video for the first time with Sir David Attenborough.

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