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Hidden Agenda – Kate Middleton’s awkward encounter with Prince William’s ex: ‘Rather grated on her’

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge could be set for a new home, according to reports. William and Kate moved into Kensington Palace’s Apartment 1A five years ago with their children. Their previous main residence had been Anmer Hall near the Queen’s Sandringham Estate, where they still spend many weekends and school holidays.

Kate and William ‘feeling a bit claustrophobic’ at London residence
They relocated after William stopped working as an ambulance pilot in Norfolk, instead deciding to focus his full attention on his royal duties.

Royal author Katie Nicholl told OK! Magazine that a move to Windsor is “on the cards” with the family feeling a little “claustrophobic” at present.

Ms Nicholl detailed much of William and Kate’s romantic background in her book “Kate: The Future Queen”, including one awkward encounter with one of William’s ex-girlfriends.

The pair first met while studying at the University of St Andrews in 2001, and hit it off as friends immediately before they began dating in 2003.

During their second year of university, they shared a flat with two other friends at 13 Hope Street.

At this point, their relationship was still largely a secret. Ms Nicholl wrote dinner parties allowed them to socialise and enjoy each other’s company “without having to go out into town and risk being spotted together”.

One of William and Kate’s friends told Ms Nicholl that one such dinner party ended awkwardly over a game of ‘Never Have I Ever’. Players take turns asking other players about things that they have not done. Any player who has done this thing must respond by taking a drink.

William and Kate
William’s ex-girlfriend Carly Massy-Birch came over on this particular occasion since she and William were still friends.

The friend said: “When it was Carly’s turn to play, she announced, ‘I’ve never dated two people in this room,’ knowing full well that William was the only one who had, because Kate was sitting next to him.

“He shot Carly a thunderous look and said under his breath, ‘I can’t believe you just said that’ before drinking his shot.
“Kate didn’t speak to Carly much after that, but we were in shock.

“We knew that they were together, but it was the first time William confirmed his and Kate’s relationship.”
William and Kate

William and Kate shared a house in their final three years of university. (Image: Reuters)
“We knew that they were together, but it was the first time William confirmed his and Kate’s relationship.”

Carly lived in Howard Place, a small street that joined Hope Street.

Her close proximity had already somewhat irritated Kate. The friend said: “She could literally wave to William from her sitting room, where she would sit knitting by the window, which rather grated on Kate.”

Nonetheless, the relationship continued to blossom.
William and Kate

Their relationship appears stronger than ever. (Image: Reuters)
In their third and fourth year at St Andrew’s, they lived with two friends at Balgove House on the Strathyrum estate.

The house was set in stunning grounds, boasting acres of lawn and an abundance of beautiful flowers.
Perhaps more importantly, it afforded William and Kate some much-needed privacy.

The young lovers spent many an afternoon enjoying a picnic with a bottle of chilled white wine, with just an occasional pheasant for company.

In their third and fourth year at St Andrew’s, they lived with two friends at Balgove House on the Strathyrum estate.

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