Kate Middleton’s ‘social divide’ with William ‘created early tension in relationship’

Kate Middleton ‘knows what her role is’ says expert

The Cambridges are set to mark their tenth anniversary as a married couple this month, with figures across the world expected to send their wishes to William and Kate. Since their marriage in 2011, they have gone from strength to strength as a pair, and have firmly established their popularity with the public. They are among the most celebrated royals, coming second and third only to William’s grandmother, the Queen.

During their union, they have toured extensively across the planet, championed a string of important issues and initiatives, while also welcoming three adorable children to the world – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Although their marriage appears one of true romance, the couple have endured their difficulties – and temporarily split in 2007, with William reportedly unsure on whether Kate, who is also known as Catherine, would be his wife.

William would soon realise that his life was not complete without Kate, and less than three months after their break-up, the pair were back together again.

But, according to author Andrew Morton – who wrote a bombshell biography on William’s mother Princess Diana – Kate did initially struggle to cope with the perceived “social divide”.

Kate Middleton's 'social divide' with William 'created early tension in relationship'

Kate Middleton’s ‘social divide’ with William ‘created early tension in relationship’ (Image: GETTY)

Kate Middleton's 'social divide' with William 'created early tension in relationship'

Kate Middleton’s ‘social divide’ with William ‘created early tension in relationship’ (Image: GETTY)

Speaking on the 2011 documentary William and Kate in the Future, Mr Morton said: “When Catherine met William she was really punching above her social weight, she was after all a girl from a middle-class home, dealing with the upper classes, where everybody who came to dinner was Lord or Lady this… mixing in those kinds of circles.

“She would have felt very early on quite intimidated about it.

“I remember one of Catherine’s friends telling me she didn’t like the fact she’d be cooking in the kitchen, being treated a bit like a skivvy, and William would be chatting away to some Lord or Lady who was a student at the college.

“So that social divide did create tensions early on in the relationship.

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Kate Middleton's 'social divide' with William 'created early tension in relationship'

Kate Middleton’s ‘social divide’ with William ‘created early tension in relationship’ (Image: GETTY)

“Now, Catherine is friendly with most of William’s friends.”

The pressure has always been on William to find a wife, particularly as he will one day be monarch.

Royal historian Robert Lacey claimed last year that William was “uncertain” of his relationship with Kate, who had been dating for around six years in 2007.

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Kate Middleton's 'social divide' with William 'created early tension in relationship'

Kate Middleton’s ‘social divide’ with William ‘created early tension in relationship’ (Image: GETTY)

The pair had met at the University of St Andrews but Mr Lacey said in one phone call this came to an end.

According to Us Weekly, he said: “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.”

Kate Middleton's 'social divide' with William 'created early tension in relationship'

Kate Middleton’s ‘social divide’ with William ‘created early tension in relationship’ (Image: GETTY)

But reports show that less than three months later, the couple started dating again, and within three years would be engaged.

During the documentary Katie Nicholl also detailed the other pressures William was under, as he was forced to choose spending time in either London with his family, or stay with his new military friends, after joining the Armed Forces.

Speaking on the show, she said: “I think Kate pushed him into a corner. I think she wanted some more commitment. William was hard at work at the military, very busy – he had exams, training.

Royal Family tree

Royal Family tree (Image: EXPRESS)

“He was very involved with his military commitments. And I think at the same time it had become increasingly difficult for them to spend time together.

“William would spend Monday to Friday at the barracks in Bovington, so his time was completely taken up with military commitments, and at the weekends he ended up staying up with his friends, his new Army pals.

“He didn’t want to go back to London every weekend.”

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