Details Emerge of Prince William's 'Passionate Romance' Before Kate Middleton

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As far as celebrity romances go, Prince William and Kate Middleton's love story is about as iconic as it gets. They met at university, fell in love, and the rest is royal history, right? Well ... maybe not. Every relationship (even the royal fairy-tale ones) are not without their ups and downs, and thanks to a royal biographer, a story from the prince's past is causing all sorts of talk. Let's just say, things really could have turned out differently for Kate and Wills.

  • Buckle up -- it's about to get interesting.

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    In her 2010 book, William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls, royal biographer Katie Nicholl revealed that the eldest prince had a "passionate romance" with someone before Kate. Her name was Arabella Musgrave, and sorry Kate, but things were very serious between them.

    Although the book was written nearly a decade ago, word of William and Arabella's relationship has started a current frenzy of headlines. There's no denying that royal fans want to know what happened, and so let's dive in.

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  • The two met well before Will went off the University of St Andrews for school, as the prince and Arabella were all part of the same friend group.

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    Will and Prince Harry's small circle of friends was reportedly called the "Glosse Posse," which is about the most posh thing we've ever heard. Nicholl wrote that Will and Arabella had been childhood friends, but a romance didn't start until a friend's house party (of course).

    Nicholl writes, "As [Arabella] walked through a friend’s house party, William did a double-take. Arabella had blossomed into a gorgeous-looking girl, and he wondered why he hadn’t noticed her properly until now. They danced and drank into the early hours, and when Arabella said her goodnights, the prince quietly slipped out of the room to follow her upstairs. It was the beginning of a passionate romance and the two spent as much time together that summer as possible."

    Sounds pretty romantic comedy-esque to us, no?

  • Alright, we're not too nervous yet, but as with any royal revelation, there's always more to the story.

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    According to Nicholl, Prince William even almost dropped out of school to be with Arabella. Yikes. No St Andrews means no Kate Middleton. Luckily, Will met Kate during their freshmen year in Scotland, and according the Sun, this "encouraged him to give St Andrews a second chance."

    Thank god. Honestly, it's hard to imagine without Kate and Will being together, so even though it must have been a hard time for him, we're a pretty glad things didn't really work out for the prince and Arabella.

  • Now, this whirlwind story begs the question: Does Kate know about Wills' previous passionate love affair?

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    Well, the two have been married for nearly eight years and were dating long before then, so we're going to go with yes. There's no secrets between these two, and of course, no hard feelings.

  • And what became of this mystery Arabella?

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    Well, because people always move on, she's doing just fine. According to Marie Claire, she had a Vogue-featured wedding in 2014 and is now head of PR at Gucci.

    Alright ... not bad. This just goes to show that everything works out for a reason!