Prince William ‘caught Kate Middleton's attention’ a decade before they met at university

Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 39, started dating as undergraduates at Scotland’s oldest university. However, before the pair enrolled at the University of St Andrews, they were said to have crossed paths when they were just nine years old.

Royal expert Katie Nicholl said the Duke of Cambridge first caught Kate’s attention when the Prince’s school, Ludgrove School, arrived at Kate’s school, St Andrew’s, for a hockey clash.

Ms Nicholl wrote in Kate: The Future Queen: “Although she wasn’t especially interested in boys, the arrival of one particular young man had caught her attention.”

She added: “Nearby Ludgrove Prep school would often play matches against St Andrew’s Prep, and there was much excitement when Prince William, a left-back on Ludgrove’s Colts team, came to St Andrew’s.

“William, like Kate, loved sports and was one of the best hockey and rugby players in his year.

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“Of course, the arrival of the Prince generated a flurry of excitement.”

Despite Ms Nicholl’s comments, it is unclear whether William and Kate spoke during the Duke’s visit to St Andrew’s Prep.

However, the Duchess of Cambridge is said to have loved her time at the Berkshire school.

She returned to St Andrew’s in 2012 to open up a new hockey pitch.

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​​”It was while I was here at school that I realised my love of sport.

“Sport has been a huge part of my life, and I feel incredibly grateful for the opportunities I had to get outside and play in such wonderful open spaces – though sadly there was nothing quite as glamorous as this in my time!

“I hope that you all enjoy playing sport here as much as I used to, and make the most of these incredible facilities.”

Kate reportedly did not enjoy moving on to Downe House school.

The Duchess went on to transfer to Marlborough College in Wiltshire by the time she turned 14.

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