Royals, they’re just like Us! Prince William and Duchess Kate may have had a fairytale wedding but their epic love story has plenty of moments that are relatable to every couple.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge first met in 2001 while studying history at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Kate admitted that she couldn’t keep her cool when she was first introduced to the prince.
“Well, I actually think I went bright red when I met you [William] and sort of scuttled off, feeling very shy about meeting you,” Kate recalled in an interview with Tom Bradby on ITV News in 2010.
As for William, he revealed that he was immediately attracted to Kate’s ability to make him laugh.
“She’s got a really naughty sense of humor, which kind of helps me because I’ve got a really dry sense of humor, so it was good fun, we had a really good laugh and then things happened,” William told Bradby at the time.
The college sweethearts dated for years but briefly split in 2007 while William was stationed outside of London with the Household Cavalry. During that time, the couple faced intense scrutiny in the public eye, which led the couple to go their separate ways. However, the pair reconciled their romance one year later.
William explained to ITV News that he and Kate were “both very young” and “finding ourselves” when they split. “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,” he said at the time.
Kate added that their split helped her to grow as a person and to value her independence outside of a relationship.
“At the time I wasn’t very happy about it, but it actually made me a stronger person,” she shared. “You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn’t realized. I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you are younger, and I really valued that time for me as well although I didn’t think it at the time.”
The couple announced their engagement in November 2010 beforethey tied the knot at Westminster Abbey in London in April 2011. Kate gave birth to their first child, Prince George, in 2013, followed by their daughter, Princess Charlotte, in 2015 and their youngest son, Prince Louis, in 2018.
Throughout their royal engagements over the years, William and Kate have shown that they are a regular couple at heart despite being in the spotlight.
Scroll down to relive William and Kate’s most relatable moments as a couple.
Root for the Home Team
The duo cheered on England in the Euro 2020 championship game in July 2021 alongside their eldest son, George.
Parents’ Day Out
The twosome attended Wimbledon tennis championship in July 2021 without their little ones. They were seen laughing and applauding the athletes following Kate’s self-quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 earlier in the month.
The college sweethearts took a trip down memory lane while visiting St Andrews University in Scotland in May 2021, two decades after they met as students. “It was here in Scotland – 20 years ago this year – that I first met Catherine,” William said during an appearance at The Church of Scotland at the time. “Needless to say, the town where you meet your future wife holds a very special place in your heart.”
William teased his wife over her DJ skills while visiting Scotland’s Violence Reduction Unit in May 2021. “What’s that? It sounds like a cat,” the Duke of Cambridge joked as Kate played around with the music equipment. “Please turn that off. It’s hurting my ears.”
The lovebirds celebrated their 10-year anniversary in April 2021 by sharing a video of their family life, including moments at home with George, Charlotte and Louis. “We are enormously grateful for the 10 years of support we have received in our lives as a family,” the duo captioned the clip, which also showed them cuddling up to one another
William couldn’t help but laugh when his wife missed the golf ball during an April 2021 visit to the Cheesy Waffles Project in Durham, England. Kate, for her part, giggled as her husband lined up to take a swing, which he easily hit.
Gifts Gone Wrong
William revealed in July 2020 that he once gave his wife a pair of binoculars as a gift when they were courting. “I wrapped them. They were really nice,” he said on the BBC Radio 5 Live’s “That Peter Crouch” podcast. “I was trying to convince myself about it. I was like, ‘But these are really amazing, look how far you can see!’ She was looking at me going, ‘They’re binoculars, what’s going on?’ It didn’t go well. Honestly, I have no idea why I bought her a pair of binoculars.”
Kate called out William for hogging all their Easter candy in a video chat with students at Casterton Primary Academy in Burnley, England, in April 2020. “There will be a lot of chocolate being eaten here, don’t worry,” William said to which Kate quipped, “You keep eating it.”
By Your Side
William and Kate displayed a little PDA when he wrapped his arm around his wife on their trip to Ireland in March 2020.
No Laughing Matter
William and Kate looked unamused at the BAFTAs in February 2020 when Rebel Wilson joked about Prince Harry and Prince Andrew exiting the royal family.
Not Here, Dear
Kate made headlines when she shrugged off William’s hand from her shoulder during their appearance on the A Berry Royal Christmas special in December 2019.
Pointing the Finger
Kate couldn’t help but laugh while goofing around with William at the King’s Cup Sailing Regatta in August 2019.
The royal couple enjoyed drinks together while visiting Poland in July 2017.
A Helping Hand
Kate lovingly wiped something off William’s face as the duo attended the Wimbledon Tennis Championship in July 2017.
Kate was amused by her husband playing with a tech gadget during their trip to Poland in July 2017.