Of course, the media attention intensified as soon as Kate graduated from university. She accepted a job as a junior buyer with a fashion chain, Jigsaw, and set up a home in London. Her royal beau had meanwhile joined the military and thrown himself into training. Kate’s sudden celebrity status may not have been easy, but she handled the press scrutiny with poise.
Despite intrusions by the paparazzi. Kate kept to herself and attempted a semblance of private life. She took on different roles at her parents’ company and did a lot of charity work during this period.
Kate And William Have A Moment
Although sparks had been flying, Kate and Prince William remained friends for a while. Things changed in 2002, during a student fashion show, when Kate walked the ramp in a sheer outfit. Although she wasn't dressed to fit royalty, she was stunning in everyone's eyes.
Rumor has it that William began to see her in a completely different light, and that’s when they went from friends to something more – or at least that’s what the world would like to believe. On his part, Prince William maintained that the turning point in their relationship developed gradually after spending more time together.
The Love Story Begins
Kate and Prince William began dating in 2002. The couple kept things incredibly discreet until 2004, when they went public with the relationship while vacationing together in Switzerland. How did the couple manage to keep their relationship a secret? It was primarily due to a gentleman’s agreement between the royal family and newspaper editors.
As a result, the pair remained safe in a bubble of privacy, free from tabloid scrutiny for most of their days at St. Andrews. This agreement was temporary, as soon the whole world discovered the woman who was thought to be the future queen of England.
Her First Public Appearance
Kate continued being the subject of intense media fascination. Despite the overwhelming press interest, the couple’s romance appeared to be going from strength to strength. In 2006, Kate made her first public appearance with the royal family. She and her family attended the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst.
Kate joined the royal family in supporting Prince William, who was part of the parade. Her presence signaled to the world that the relationship was the real deal. This was the beginning of a new era not only in her own personal life but also in a change for the whole royal family.
Engagement Rumors And Mania
Soon enough, the press spotted Kate joining William, his father, and his brother on several holidays. Speculation about an engagement announcement made the rounds like wildfire. One store went ahead of itself and even commissioned memorabilia around the imminent event. It is safe to say that nobody saw what was coming instead. In April 2007, the tabloids announced that the royal pair had gone their separate ways.
The news came as a shock to even the most dedicated followers of the royal romance thus far. We know today that things worked their way, and everyone lived happily ever after; however, the separation announcement was as devastating as it could have been back then.