Kate Middleton shock: Why royal staff feared Kate was ‘security nightmare’

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have known each other for almost two decades. The two met for the first time while they were students in residence at St Salvator’s Hall at the University of St Andrews in Fife. Kate reportedly caught William’s eye at a charity fashion show in 2002, when she appeared on the stage wearing a see-through lace dress.

However, their royal romance is said to have only blossomed once the couple moved into a student house during their second year of university.

In June 2005, the Prince and his girlfriend graduated and entered adult life together.

In the years leading up to their engagement, Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole, were reportedly incredibly worried that her daughter was being regularly followed by up to half a dozen of paparazzi every day.

In 2007, rumours started spreading William might finally propose to his university sweetheart on her 25th birthday on January 9 and hundreds of photographers and journalists gathered outside the now Duchess of Cambridge’s flat.

Some lenses were reportedly thrust less than a foot from her face, and her car was blocked.

At times she looked both harassed and distressed and one former Royal Protection Officer called on Prince Charles to fund private protection for Kate as, not being a member of the Royal Family, she was not entitled to police protection.

A 2007 Sunday Express report suggests that William should have proposed to Kate because she was not only a target for paparazzi but also terrorists.

After the couple went through a brief break-up, the Queen and Prince Philip were said to be particularly keen for their grandson to make a decision and either marry Kate or let her go.

Royal correspondent Camilla Tominey quoted a source as saying: “Now they are back together, the Queen wants William to do the right thing.

“Either marry the girl or let her go.

“She would rather they broke up for good now than get married only to have it end in divorce in five years’ time.

“But if Kate is the one, then a five-year courtship is long enough.

“Prince Philip has told William that he cannot keep stringing along Kate for ever.”

The source added above anything else Kate posed a “security nightmare”.

The source noted: “She’s already a target for paparazzi, so she must be a target for terrorists.”

Ms Tominey explained that royal girlfriends are not entitled to security paid for by the taxpayer until they become engaged.

Clarence House always denied Kate had been assigned a bodyguard despite persistent calls for Prince Charles to employ one before she had a ring on her finger.

Despite the security issue, William waited until 2010 to propose to his university sweetheart while the two were on holiday in Kenya.

During an interview with CNN, William said he wanted the proposal to really “mean something” and explained why that time and location seemed the perfect opportunity.

He said: “I regularly daydream. Africa is definitely one of the places I go to.

“It does completely settle me down. [Kate] understands what it means to me being in Africa, and my love of conservation.

“I didn’t really plan it that far in advance. I just knew I wanted it to feel comfortable where I did it.”

Billed as “The Wedding of the 21st century”, Kate and William married at Westminster Abbey, London, on April 29, 2011.

They now have three wonderful children, Prince George, Prince Charlotte and baby Prince Louis.

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