Kate: The Future Queen
was a very nice man, very gentle, a bit like Michael. He didn’t have a strong personality like Dorothy.” Once a year, Ron and Dorothy, and Michael’s parents, Peter and Valerie, who lived in Hampshire, were invited to Kate and Pippa’s school for Grandparents’ Day, when the children would perform plays and concerts. “They would come into the classrooms, and the children would put on concerts and productions and recite poetry for them. Ron and Dorothy were always there to watch them,” recalled Mrs.
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take a course in the history of photography, which enthralled her. While she maintained her flawless attendance, she would hurry back to study in the apartment or relax with William, spending the long evenings listening to music or watching films, occasionally venturing out for a drink at the West Port or Ma Bells. Discovering just how compatible they were, just how much they had in common, and all they had to talk about came as a surprise to them both, and as their friendship deepened, something
and used to go to Pizza Hut in town, where we’d see them huddled over a pizza having a very serious conversation.” Determined to get the best grades she could, Kate applied herself to her studies and was very much in charge of domesticity in the cottage. Around Christmas time in December 2003, rumors began to surface in the press that William and Kate were an item. Kate had already confided in her mother that their close friendship had blossomed into a serious romance and that she and William
Charles three months after her wedding, and Diana became pregnant two months after her wedding day. William and Kate had been married for three months and were in no hurry. Secretly, they hoped it would happen relatively quickly in the peace and solitude of their Welsh home. Kate had confided to her best friends that she was “desperate” to become a mother, and the press were on constant “baby-bump” watch. This royal bride, however, appeared to be getting thinner. When the couple attended