In 2007, rumours began circulating that Prince William might pop the question to Kate Middleton on her 25th birthday on January 9.
Portrait tea towels of the royal couple were already being printed, and paparazzi were all over Kate when the Duchess of Cambridge tried leaving her house.
Photographers were desperate to get pictures because they all thought this was going to be the announcement day.
Kate appeared with no ring, much to the surprise of the eager paparazzi.
According to 2011 documentary “Kate Middleton: Biography”, a different story was unfolding behind closed doors, according to royal expert Katie Nicholl.
She said: “What I was hearing from my sources in the inner circle was that actually the relationship was coming unstuck.
“Prince William was feeling the pressure from the press and from everyone around him to settle down.
“He was totally wrapped up in his military career, he wanted to do other things apart from being with Kate all the time.”
The narrator claims Kate couldn’t keep her troubles under wraps for long with pictures appearing in the papers of Prince William at a “local boozer with a beautiful blonde sitting on his knee”.
Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer described how, in one incident, “Prince William accidentally had his hand on a girl’s breasts”.
According to Mr Palmer, on April 11, 2007, Prince William phoned Kate and said: “Look this is not right, we need to take a break.”
He added: “She was devastated, she was really upset about it.”
William and Kate secretly got back together on June 9, when she attended a party at his barracks to celebrate the end of training.
The theme was “Freakin’ naughty” and William wore hot pants, vest and policeman’s helmet, while Kate was dressed as a naughty nurse.
There were blow-up dolls hanging from the ceiling and sexy waitresses handing out lethal cocktails.
Outside was a bouncy castle and plunge pool, but William and Kate stuck to the dance floor, and that night she stayed over at his barracks.
William later said: “We were both very young, we were both finding ourselves and being different characters.
“It was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up so it was just a bit of space and it worked out for the better.”
Source : EXPRESS