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Prince William confided in his father Prince Charles and grandmother The Queen after having doubts about his future with Kate Middleton, it has been claimed by a royal expert.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, aged 38 and 39 respectively, will celebrate 10 years of marriage on Thursday.
But four years before their big wedding day, William split from Kate after speculation grew surrounding an engagement between the royal couple.
Royal expert and author Katie Nicholl has now claimed that William confided in Charles and The Queen the Christmas before, to discuss his "anxieties" over settling down with his now-wife.
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She said: "William had been having second thoughts and sat down with his father and his grandmother to have a frank discussion about his future with Kate. Both advised him not to hurry into anything."
However, sources said The Queen was left "disappointed" by Kate and William's split, despite them both later admitting it was for the best.
Kate has previously said: "At the time, I wasn't very happy about it, but it made me a stronger person.
"You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn't realised. I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you're younger.
"I really valued that time for me as well, although I didn't think it at the time."
William added: "We were both very young… we were both finding ourselves and being different characters.
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"It was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up, so it was just a bit of space and it worked out for the better."
Of course, the pair are now stronger than ever and celebrated the third birthday of their youngest son Prince Louis last week.
On Tuesday, Kate was seen laughing hysterically at William as they played golf in their latest royal visit.
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William wore a green padded jacket with blue trousers and a pair of brown boots as held the handle of a golf club and practised his swing, much to the delight of wife Kate who couldn't help but chuckle at her other half.
The Duke, however, remained very much in the zone as he leaned forward to take his shot.
Kate leaned on a golf club as she watched her other half attempt to take a shot, before playing the game herself – which, by the look on her face, also didn't end too well.
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