IT’S nearly been 10 years since Prince William tied the knot with Kate Middleton in their fairytale wedding watched by millions.
The pair met at university and quickly became inseparable, but Kate wasn’t William’s first girlfriend…
Who did Prince William date before Kate Middleton?
Before William left for St Andrews university, he was spotted briefly with Davina Duckworth-Chad back in the 1990s.
The pair run in the same circles, as Davina’s mum was a second cousin of Princess Diana.
Davina once accompanied William on a cruise around the Aegean Sea according to the Daily Mail, where Prince Charles and Camilla were also on board as chaperones.
The two are still family friends, and Davina was on the guestlist for William and Kate’s wedding in 2011, and William and Harry attended her wedding to Tom Barker, the son of a baronet, in 2004.
Before Kate, Prince William previously dated aspiring writer Olivia Hunt at university c
Friends told royal reporter Katie Nicholl that “William was seeing Olivia when he met Kate and when Kate came on the scene, Olivia moved off pretty quickly.”
The pair are still pals, and Olivia has even been on a ski trip with William and Kate.
Olivia is now married to barrister Nicholas Wilkinson.
Prince William first met his former flame Jecca in 2000 while travelling around Kenya on his gap year.
In her 2010 book William and Harry, Katie Nicholl wrote: “William apparently had a secret crush on Jecca since the first time he met her.
“She was beautiful, with long blonde hair, deep-blue eyes and legs like a gazelle.”
Although nothing is believed to have happened between Prince William and his former flame at that time, the Duke of Cambridge flew out to Kenya to watch Jecca tie the knot in 2016 – but Kate did not attend.
Prince William met beautiful blonde actress Isabella Calthorpe when he was a teen, due to her being mutual friends with Princess Eugenie.
Isabella’s half-sister is Cressida Bonas, who famously dated Prince Harry for years.
In Nicholl’s book, William and Harry, the author writes that Isabella, the “exquisite-looking socialite” had “caught William’s attention” during the summer of 2004.
It was a difficult time for Kate and Will, after they had decided to split for a “trial separation”.
“While Kate was girl-next-door pretty, Isabella boasted cover-girl looks, a title and a stately pile to boot,” said Nicholl.
According to the author, Will had “hurt Kate deeply” by holidaying with another heiress, Anna Sloan, during the same summer.
Katie continued: “Sadly for William she [Isabella] had no aspirations to date a prince and despite his amorous advances declared that she was not interested.”
Isabella ended up marrying Sam Branson – son of Richard Branson – and did attend Kate and Wills’ wedding in 2011.
When did Prince William marry Kate Middleton?
The Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton took place on April 29, 2011, and was declared a public holiday in the UK.
Since William isn’t the first in line to the throne, the wedding was not a full state occasion, which meant many details of the big day were left down to the couple.
The wedding was watched live by 36million people and was jam-packed with all the usual pomp and ceremony of a royal occasion.The engagement came seven years after Kate and Wills first got together, in October 2010, sparking mass excitement all over the world.
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