Prince William treated Kate Middleton "like a servant" when they were dating – causing her pals to be relieved when the couple briefly split in 2007, a royal biographer has claimed.
While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have so far enjoyed eight years of marriage and welcomed three children together, things were allegedly not always well in their relationship.
In his 2011 book “William and Catherine”, author Andrew Morton wrote that before their split in 2007, the Duke of Cambridge may not have been the best partner, RSVP reports.
He wrote: “In April 2007, when Clarence House unofficially let the world know that the romance between William and Kate had run its course, few of her friends shed a tear.
"The prevailing reaction for most of them was 'thank goodness that’s over'.
"For years they had watched helplessly as Kate, whose university dissertation had been on Lewis Carroll, had gradually disappeared down the royal rabbit hole into the Windsor wonderland, leaving her friends out in the cold.”
He described William as being “obstinate and strong-willed" at times – an "overwhelming presence" that would take the Duchess "for granted" and treat her more like a "a servant rather than his girlfriend”.
University friend of the pair Michael Choong seemed to back this by telling the biographer: “He could be flip and curt with her.
“She didn’t like it when he ignored her and got into conversation with someone as though she wasn’t there.
“He expected Kate to run after him and the longer they knew each other the more he seemed to keep her on a tight leash."
Another friend said: “It was an edgy relationship. They were always in and out.”
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