In retrospect, the now-Duchess of Cambridge was almost as uncomfortable as anybody else would be while meeting a member of the British royal family.
According to accounts that delve deep into the couple’s first few days of knowing each other, their 2002 encounter in St. Andrews was anything but love at first sight.
According to a Mirror Online article, William said at the start of his college career:
“I just hope I can meet people I get on with. I don’t care about their background.”
It has also been revealed that when Kate first saw William, she made an uncomfortable curtsy. She later reflected on this, saying:
“I actually think I went bright red when I met you and sort of scuttled off, feeling very shy.”
The Duke also looked back at their friendship later and admitted:
“We spent more time with each other, had lots of fun and realised we shared the same interests. She’s got a really naughty sense of humour, which helps me because I’ve got a really dry sense of humour, so it was good fun.”
An humorous incident was exposed by royal historian Robert Lacey in his book Battle of Brothers:
“Just a month or so into their first term together, they attended a party at which William was getting seriously hit upon by a pushy female student.”
“The prince was being polite, but he couldn’t shake her off, and the girl didn’t get the hint — until Kate appeared out of nowhere behind him and put her arms around William. ‘Oh sorry,’ he said, ‘but I’ve got a girlfriend,’ and he and Kate went off giggling together,” he wrote.