Prince William reportedly left Kate Middleton "in tears" after cancelling Christmas plans to spend more time with the Royal Family.
In 2006 The Duke of Cambridge was meant to spend Christmas with the royals at Sandringham, and then travel to spend time with Kate over the New Year with the Middletons, Mirror reports.
But according to a book, Kate was left "in tears" when William cancelled his plans at the last minute, leaving her worried for the future of their relationship.
In the book released in 2011, The Making of a Royal Romance, royal author Katie Nicholl said William had made a promise to Kate that he would join her family but decided to stay with his family at Sandringham instead.
The Duke allegedly informed Kate on the phone on Boxing Day.
And although Katie said the last-minute decision seemed like "no big deal", Kate had a "good reason to be concerned".
Katie 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.”
Weeks later in 2007, William and Kate briefly separated and sources later claimed the Queen was disappointed by the break-up.
Not long after, Kate was seen out on the town and was even spotted with a self-help book in her handbag, called Love Is Not Enough: A Smart Woman’s Guide To Keeping (And Making) Money.
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But the split was short-lived as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seen kissing at an Army party at barracks in Bovington, Dorset.
Then in July 2007, Kate was seen with her brother James at the Concert for Diana, held at Wembley to mark 10 years since William’s mother’s death.
It wasn't long after before the romance was confirmed to be back on.
Kate moved into William's Clarence House flat, where he would return from military duties on Friday nights for chilled out cosy weekends together.
And the rest is history with the couple marrying in 2011 and going on to have three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
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It is not clear where William and Kate will be spending Christmas this year with their children Charlotte, George and Louis.
But the Queen has told her family she will host Christmas at Sandringham again this year.
A week ago, it was revealed Her Majesty, 95, had cancelled all working visits until mid-November and has been advised to stick to “light, desk-based duties” following an overnight stay in hospital.
But royal sources said she is determined to recover soon so she can see her family at their traditional festive gathering.
A palace insider said: “This year, more than ever, it is incredibly important to Her Majesty to be surrounded by her loved ones.
“The Queen is totally committed to hosting everyone as she hopes to make it back to full health in the coming weeks."
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