How Kate Middleton and Prince William once broke up by phone while she was at work

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated a decade of marriage earlier this year, and are seen as one of Britain's strongest couples, sharing three gorgeous children together.

However, things haven't always been easy for Prince William and Kate Middleton, and the royal spouses have had their fair share of bumps along the way.

William, 37, and Kate, 38, met for the first time while they were students at St Andrews University in Scotland.

Geography was the Prince's subject of choice, with Kate opting for Art History.

According to several reports, the two were almost inseparable not long after they met, but had a bit of an on-off relationship throughout their time as students, but reconciled and graduated together in 2005.

As most of us know, William headed off to the military after finishing university, whilst Kate landed herself a position at the retail chain Jigsaw as an accessories buyer.

However, by 2007 – when Kate was 25 and William was 24 – their relationship was said to be on the rocks.

At the time, news broke that the pair had called time on their romance, opting to go their separate ways.

One of her former colleagues told the Mirror in April 2007 that they saw Kate take the call in the office car park in London.

They said: "It was clear it was William – and definitely a tiff.

"Around the middle of the day, she was pacing the car park outside the office on her mobile.

"A few people noticed because it's a pretty unusual thing to do. She'd deliberately gone outside to take the call because she didn't want to be overheard."

The colleague continued: "Kate was walking up and down and looking upset as if she was having an argument. But she didn't cry.

"Word went round that it was William and they were having problems. Now it's clear what it was all about."

They added: "When she came back to the office she didn't say a thing and disappeared for the rest of the day.

"We didn't think anything about it at the time. But looking back, the call was definitely a girlfriend-boyfriend tiff."

The royals' break-up is also talked about in royal author Robert Lacey's book Battle of Brothers, which also claims that Kate and William split during that call.

However, the split is only said to have last 10 weeks with the book claiming that William found dating difficult.

The young prince was allegedly turned down by a "surprising" number of young women, and missed Kate and her family.

The book says: "William had found dating difficult, for a start, when a surprising number of young women from his circle turned him down flat.

"They could suss out the truth about where his heart lay, even if he himself could not."

Three years after getting back together, William and Kate announced their engagement in October 2010, before tying the knot in a grand ceremony at Westminster Abbey in April 2011.

Oldest son Prince George was born in July 2013, followed by Princess Charlotte in May 2015 and Prince Louis in April 2018.

In April, the couple celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary and to mark the occasion, they shared two loved-up portraits of themselves beaming into the camera.

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