he Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s love story has captured the heart of many a royal fan since they first met at the University of St Andrews in 2001 – and the romantic gesture Prince William used to impress Kate Middleton will make your heart melt.
The royal couple both lived at St Salvator’s Hall residence whilst at university in their first year, but it wasn’t until the following year in 2002 that a spark alighted.
Kate first caught William’s eye when she took part in a charity fashion show, wowing in a bikini and a sheer dress.
The pair’s friendship soon turned to romance, with William and Kate even sharing the same flat in the second year of university. It was here that the young prince put his culinary skills to the test – and cooked hearty homecooked meals for his wife-to-be.
Prince William and Kate met whilst at university together
“He did cook for me quite a bit at university, and he would always come with a bit of angst and a bit of anger if something had gone wrong and I would have to wander in and save something that was going,” Kate previously told ABC news.
“I would say I’m getting better at cooking. Kate would say I’m getting a lot worse,” William replied, before Kate admitted: “I don’t give him enough chance to practice!”
Reminiscing on their university days, William continued: “When I was trying to impress Kate I was trying to cook these amazing fancy dinners, and what would happen is I would burn something, something would overspill, something would catch on fire and she would be sitting in the background trying to help, and basically taking control of the whole situation… so I was quite glad she was there at the time.”
The prince then insisted their fellow flatmates were used to “things catching on fire” whilst he was in the kitchen. Hilarious!
Prince William was responsible for setting food alight in his uni halls
Despite William’s kitchen failures, Kate is still very much a fan of her husband’s culinary creations.
The royal couple previously appeared on the Christmas TV special, A Berry Royal Christmas, in 2019 alongside famous cook Mary Berry, and Kate opened up about what her husband likes to cook for her.
Mary asked if the Prince ever cooks for his wife, to which the Duchess replied: “He sometimes does actually. He’s very good at breakfast.” So adorable.