Kate Middleton was left ‘heartbroken’ by her first love and was ‘pining’ for HIM when she met William, says school pal

KATE Middleton was left “heartbroken” by her first love, who “blew hot and cold” with the Duchess, a school friend has revealed.

Before falling for Prince William, the then 19-year-old had been dating Harry Blakelock whom she met at Marlborough college.

And a fellow pier has described how the Duchess of Cambridge had been “hung up” on the hockey captain when she headed to Florence for her gap year in 2001.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the friend revealed: “She spoke about him all the time and he seemed to have messed her around quite a bit.

“He seemed to have blown hot and cold with her when they were at school and she was always talking about how she could get him back.

“He was also in Florence at the same time but from what I can remember, nothing happened.”

Both William and Kate had taken gap years before finding themselves in the same halls of residence and studying Art History at St Andrews University in 2001 – although William later switched to a Geography degree.

It was here that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge began dating.

However, despite cruel accusations from the public, friends of Kate insisted that she had not pursued William because he was royal ‘hated’ the idea of fame.

During their engagement interview in 2009, Kate recalled feeling embarrassed the first time she met her future husband.

She said: "I actually went bright red when I met you and sort of scuttled off feeling very shy about meeting you.

"William wasn't there for quite a bit of the time initially, he wasn't there from Fresher's Week, so it did take a bit of time for us to get to know each other, but we did become very close friends from quite early on."

In other royal news, we told you how Charlotte, George and Louis will decorate gran Carole Middleton's tree via Zoom this year.

And Prince Philip ‘baffled by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s desperation to leave the Royal Family’, a biographer has claimed.

Plus this is why The Queen wears five poppies on Remembrance Day while Kate Middleton opts for three.

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