Kate Middleton and Prince William as young students became “instant mates” according to a friend, and Kate particularly caught the prince’s eye when she modeled her bold, sheer outfit on a charity catwalk. Upon returning for their second year at the University of St Andrews, Prince William, Kate and two friends chose to live off-campus in a quaint two-story townhouse. They moved into 13A Hope Street, which cost just £100 a week each, with Etonian housemates Fergus Boyd and Olivia Bleasdale.
The group frequently hosted dinner parties for their classmates after class.
The pad included a small kitchen, where William reportedly tried to impress Kate with his cooking skills.
Despite being the future king of England, William is said to have helped with cleaning duties while not studying for his geography degree.
The royal couple were friends at first, but things quickly turned romantic after discovering they had the same sense of humour.
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Although the house has now been put on the map because of its famous residents, owner Charlotte Smith said she almost refused to allow Prince William to stay there.
Speaking to Village, she said that before William she had a ‘no boy’ policy when it came to rentals.
She said: ‘We had previously had an unfortunate experience with boys in the flat and were determined to have no more young men there.
“Broken furniture, broken windows – there was a lot of damage, so that really put us off.
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“I told this young woman that we would really rather not have any more boys and she said, ‘What if I told you it was Prince William? “.”
Charlotte said she discussed the situation with her husband and he finally persuaded her to agree.
She added: “We were really surprised that they chose my apartment, but it was very nice with a great living space in the city center and it had a reputation as one of the best comfort apartments. at St. Andrews.”
Despite any initial concerns, she said William and Kate turned out to be “ideal tenants” and described the prince as a “very friendly, very charming man… quite nice”.
She added that William did not try to negotiate the rent “at a very reasonable price”.
The landlady said: ‘We arranged to meet Kate Middleton, Fergus and Olivia before they moved in, but thought it best not to ask to see Prince William as we thought his rating credit had to be pretty good. But he insisted on meeting us.
Speaking of Kate, she said: “She was very friendly. She had her younger brother there at the time – I think just visiting – and she was very caring, making sure he knew what was going on.
“They came across as a very nice group of people.”
After meeting at St Andrew’s in 2001, Prince William and Kate dated for several years after college.
In 2007, the couple briefly separated but reunited soon after and married in 2011.
The couple have since welcomed Prince George, eight, Prince Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three.
The family live in the lavish Apartment 1A residence at Kensington Palace, which has a gym, grand piano and lift to staff quarters.