Where Kate Middletons ex-boyfriends are now including first love and one that got away

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Kate Middleton may have found herself a dashing prince, but before she set her eyes on William, there were a few other handsome bachelors to attract her attention.

After their lives crossed paths in St Salvator’s Hall at the University of St Andrews, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridges’ love story began.

Initially starting off as friends, the pair were young and in love as their relationship took a more romantic turn two years later in 2003.

Since then, the Cambridges have endured a fairy tale romance and have recently celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary alongside their three young children, George, Charlotte and Louis.

Despite their life together, before the couple met and during the time when their relationship was strictly limited to friendship, the Duke and Duchess found themselves in different relationships.

Though a friend has described how Kate “was always very shy around boys,” the mother-of-three was never short of male admirers.

These are the men that caught Kate’s eye….

Harry Blakelock

According to friends, Harry Blakelock was Kate’s first love while the pair studied at Marlborough College together.

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Speaking to the Mail On Sunday, a friend said that Kate still hadn’t gotten over Harry while on her gap year in Florence and was “hung up” on the hockey captain.

"He seemed to have blown hot and cold with her when they were at school and she was always talking about how she could get him back,” they said.

But as they both went off to pursue further education, their choices of universities took them to opposite ends of the country, with Kate favouring St Andrews and Harry opting for the University of Exeter.

Decades later, London-based Harry is now a partner at the insurance brokerage, Lockton.


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Willem Marx

Another school romance, Kate and Willem reportedly had a fling while at Marlborough.

Since going their separate ways, Willem graduated from the University of Oxford with a Classics degree and is now married to TV presenter Johanna Botta, with whom he has a son.

As a successful broadcast and print journalist, he’s worked for some of the biggest organisations in the world, including the BBC, Sunday Times and Bloomberg and is now a correspondent at CNBC, covering business and political news in Europe.

Despite his relationship with Kate being short-lived, it’s clear that the pair have remained good friends since, with Willem attending Kate’s wedding back in 2011.

Rupert Finch

When he met Kate at St Andrews in 2001, Rupert was a final year law student. Two decades later, however, Rupert has forged a successful career as a lawyer.

After less than a year of dating, like Willem, Rupert has remained close to Kate and received an invite to her wedding – in 2018, he went to Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brookbanks, where Kate was also in attendance.

In 2013, the lawyer married Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs – the daughter of the Marquess of Reading and the co-founder of one of Kate Middleton’s favourite luxury brands, Beulah London – which saw members of the royal family attend.

Rupert and Natasha have since had three children together.

Sir Henry Ropner

When William and Kate broke up in 2007, it was rumoured that Kate was dating Henry Ropner, an Old Etonian and shipping heir.

Henry graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in civil engineering and is now a director at digital management platform, eviFile.

In 2011, he married Natasha Sinclair and lives in Thorp Perrow, a Yorkshire estate, with his young family.

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