KATE MIDDLETON was left in tears after Prince William cancelled their festive plans at the last minute, according to a royal biographer.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are set to spend a cosy family Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham, with their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Although the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may decide to let George and Charlotte come along on the annual walk to church on Christmas Day, little Louis is still too young for the well-loved royal tradition. Nowadays, the Cambridge family are happily settled at Anmer Hall, their Norfolk residence near the Queen’s home at Sandringham, and big family Christmases are the norm.
However, in the early days of the royal couple’s romance, William left his then-girlfriend Kate in tears after he cancelled their festive plans at the last minute – leaving her unable to see him at all over the Christmas and New Year holiday.
Royal biographer Katie Nicholl, in her 2011 book “The Making of a Royal Romance”, writes: “In November 2006, just before William graduated from Sandhurst, Kate was invited to Sandringham for the Royal Family’s traditional Christmas lunch, the first time a girlfriend had received such an invitation. “
However, Kate declined the royal first so she could spend the Christmas break with her family.
Then, her royal beau upset her with some disappointing news on Boxing Day.
Ms Nicholl writes: “William had promised he would join the Middletons to celebrate Hogmanay at Jordanstone House.
“The setting could hardly have been more romantic [and]Kate was eagerly awaiting his arrival.”
However, Ms Nicholl writes: “At the last minute William had a change of heart and decided to stay with his own family instead.
“He informed a tearful Kate during a late-night conversation on Boxing Day of the change of plan.”
She continues: “For William it was no big deal, but for Kate the cancellation was a sign of something more sinister to come.
“William had been having second thoughts and sat down with his father and his grandmother to have a frank discussion about his future with Kate.
“Both advised him not to hurry into anything.”
Although the media was abuzz with speculation of an engagement, as New Year 2007 wore on, the royal couple were in turmoil behind closed doors.
They eventually split in March that year, after Kate gave William an ultimatum to commit fully to the relationship – although the break did not last for long.
By June, William had seen the errors of his ways and whisked Kate off on a romantic getaway to the Seychelles.
Unbeknown to the rest of the world at the time, the two shared a secret pact of commitment on the trip, promising they would marry when the time was right.
The nation had to wait until November 2010, however, to hear the happy news of their official engagement.