The pair could live a relatively normal life together at uni, where they shared a flat Back home they settled into a domestic routine.
Officially they still shared their home at 13A Hope Street with William’s friend from Eton, Fergus. William and Kate became the first royal couple to live together before marriage.
Suddenly, 20-year-old Kate was a serious contender for the young prince’s affection.
The smitten prince moved in for a kiss at the after-show party, despite Kate’s boyfriend Rupert Finch being nearby (and not happy). That only made him keener and, several months later when both were single, she finally relented.
Few were fooled when Kate was described as William’s ‘flatmate’ after moving in with him and two friends.
Because the media agreed not to photograph or shadow the prince at college, their romance was given room to breathe and develop at a natural pace.
It was a marked contrast to the press attention that dogged William’s mother Diana during her lifetime, which Prince Charles has stated was a contributing factor to the breakdown of their marriage.
The pair kept up the façade for several months, with Kate playing the platonic friend in public and William even flirting with other women.In April 2004, Kate joined William, Prince Charles and other friends at Klosters, the Royal Family’s favourite ski resort in Switzerland. A photograph of the prince tenderly kissing Kate’s neck in the queue for a ski lift meant the royal cat was definitely out of the bag.Every look, kiss and brush of the hand has been pored over and analysed.Yet this couple has remained extraordinarily ordinary.As in all the most lasting relationships, the pair started as just good friends.Berkshire-born Kate, who studied Art History at the Fife university, would often join William for a swim or a run, and took notes for him if he missed a lecture. Kate took part in a charity fashion show, sashaying down the catwalk in a sheer black mini dress that left just enough to the imagination.