With her beauty and wit, it was not far Kate Middleton had a number of suitors when she was young. However, aside from Prince William, there were three men to whom she had a real serious relationship.
On a list Mirror Online published, it revealed Willem Marx was Kate’s college boyfriend. The two dated when she was at Marlborough, and her friends called him her “first love.”
Today, Marx is also living in London and working as a journalist on CNBC. His expertise is in geopolitical and company news across Europe.
Just like the Duchess of Cambridge, he is happily married to the TV presenter Johanna Botta. He is also now a father of one.
Rupert Finch and Kate started to be friends for a year after they met in the university halls. After that, a romantic relationship started to brew.
At the time, Finch was already in his final years as a law student. They ended up dating but were only together for just less than a year in 2001.
“Kate actually had another boyfriend when she first got to St Andrews, Rupert Finch, who by all accounts was a nice man,” a source said, via Mirror. “Prince William, he kind of expressed a bit of interest, but I think Kate was still playing hard to get.”
Kate was not sure yet if she was also interested in Prince William at the time. Today, Finch was already a solicitor.
When Prince William and Kate broke up for a while in 2007, Henry Ropner entered the picture. Rumors had it Kate dated Roper, who was eager to cheer her up amid the split, The Sun noted.
Henry is the son of Baronet Sir John Ropner, who owns a £33.7-million shipping management company. He is now married to Natasha Sinclair.
After three failed relationships, Kate ended up with Prince William. The two met in college, and the Duke of Cambridge, reportedly, decided to take their relationship to a more serious level after a charity fashion show.
According to Woman’s Day, when the future King saw Kate walking on the stage wearing a sheer dress over black underwear, he became an instant fan.
Although they split up in 2007, it was only for a brief moment. They were back on after a couple of months and became engaged in 2010.
In 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton finally tied the knot in a fairytale-like Royal wedding. They now have three kids.
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