Kate Middleton's middle-class background was responsible for her split with William in 2007, claims royal expert

Kate Middleton and Prince William split up for a few months in 2007 before getting back together. Here's what a royal expert believes is the reason behind the brief separation


                            Kate Middleton's middle-class background was responsible for her split with William in 2007, claims royal expert

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are a happy couple with a beautiful family but the couple did go through a rough patch in 2007 when they split up very briefly. According to a royal expert, Kate Middleton's family were the cause of the brief split.

The former royal editor Duncan Larcombe appeared in the Amazon Prime documentary titled 'William & Kate: The Journey'. The documentary was released earlier this year and a comment which he had made regarding the cause of the pair's earlier split has been getting a lot of attention. After Kate reportedly gave William an ultimatum to propose, she and William split up for a brief few months.

Kate Middleton and Prince William (Source: Getty Images) 
Kate Middleton and Prince William (Source: Getty Images) 

According to The Express, Larcombe shared that it was Kate's family which had a major role in the couple's brief break. "One of the theories of mine is it was because of her family background," Duncan shared. He also referenced reports that William's friends would often poke fun at Kate especially cause of her mother's background since she was an air hostess. The bullies would make comments such as 'doors to manual' when they would see Kate.

"It is strenuously denied by the Palace now but I dare say one or two people in William’s inner circle may have that view," Duncan continued. Kate Middleton's mother Carole is from a working-class background and is a former air hostess.

On the other hand, Kate's father Michael was an aircraft dispatcher for British Airways. Even though they come from very humble beginnings, Kate had a comfortable childhood. 

Michael Middleton and Carole Middleton, parents of the Duchess of Cambridge (Source: Getty Images)
Michael Middleton and Carole Middleton, parents of the Duchess of Cambridge (Source: Getty Images)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge split up in 2007 after dating for around five years after meeting at St. Andrew's University. At that point, Prince William was beginning a new chapter as an Army officer and was determined not to rush into marriage and make the same mistake that his parents had made. When the couple split, Kate buried herself in the London social scene and stayed silent on their relationship. 

Eventually, the couple made their way back into each other's lives and were engaged by October 2010. While giving an interview to mark their engagement, the pair admitted that their time apart was for the best. They went on to get married the following year. As reported by Daily Mail, Kate shared, "I think at the time I wasn’t very happy about it, but actually it made me a stronger person, you find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn’t realized."

Kate Middleton (Source: Getty Images)
Kate Middleton (Source: Getty Images)

"I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you’re younger. I really valued that time for me as well, although I didn’t think it at the time," she continued. Prince William added, "We were both very young... we were both finding ourselves and being different characters. 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 best."