IT'S hard to imagine a time when Kate Middleton and Prince William weren't happily married and proud parents to their three adorable children.
But before they tied the knot in 2011, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – who met at university – did briefly split in 2007.
Royal author Robert Lacey revealed how the Prince broke up with his long-term girlfriend in an excerpt of his new book Battle of the Brothers which appeared in the Daily Mail.
The expert claims Prince William – who was 25-years-old at the time – was "uncertain" about his future with Kate.
In the biography, the expert writes that William called Kate during the middle of the working day on 11 April 2007 while she was working as an accessories buyer for Jigsaw.
The author wrote: "Kate excused herself from a meeting at Jigsaw, the fashion store with which she'd recently started working, to take a call from William in a room out of earshot of the other buyers.
"She shut the door for more than an hour. When she came out, she was single."
However, the split only lasted a couple of months – and William addressed their brief break-up during their engagement interview in 2010.
He said: "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."
Additionally, Kate Middleton said it was difficult not to be "consumed" by the relationship at first.
Giving insight into how she dealt with the split, she added: "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 realised, or 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. Looking back on it."
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And The Queen deliberately left pic of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle off table for Christmas speech.
Plus Princess Diana was living in a London FLATSHARE with mates before she married Prince Charles, an ex-Royal butler revealed.
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