Royal expert reveals how Camilla got between William and Kate

Camilla may have played a role in William and Kate's 2007 split, according to a royal author. Photo: Getty Images

A royal expert has claimed an unlikely source was the reason behind Prince William and Kate Middleton's infamous 2007 split — his step-mother Camilla.

The shock allegations come from royal insider Christopher Anderson who revealed the Duchess of Cornwall once had serious doubts about the young couple's future.

When news of the now-Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's months-long separation first broke, Mr Anderson explained the collective shock within aristocratic circles given their belief that a wedding would soon be on the cards.

Behind the scenes

However, it wasn't long until he says, before rumours of the real trigger for the split were relayed. "People started telling me that Camilla was behind it," he said.

The biographer went on to explain how the Duchess of Cornwall's upper-class childhood affected how she viewed who should qualify to enter The Firm.

"Camilla is a bit of a snob," Mr Anderson explained to US news website The Daily Beast. "She's an aristocrat, she has always been moving in royal circles."

"She did not look at Kate as someone who was worthy of joining the royal family.

The duchess then reportedly continued to push her influence on Charles, and encouraged him to 'force' his son to 'make a decision one way or the other'.

"It has been since confirmed publicly that Charles did suggest to William that he either make a commitment to Kate or basically set her free, as it were."

Inside Kate and William's split

Soon after the alleged recommendation, the young prince did just that and cut ties with his girlfriend of almost six years — a separation which lasted for much of 2007.

Although William is thought to have solely instigated the split, Kate later admitted she found strength in the time spent apart from the man she would one day marry.

"You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn't realised," she said in the couple's engagement interview in November 2010.

"I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you are younger and I really valued that time for me as well although I didn't think it at the time."

The Cambridges married in April the following year and welcomed their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in 2013, 2015 and 2018.

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Queen Elizabeth II alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave Crathie Kirk after the Sunday church service near Balmoral, where members of the royal family are currently spending their summer holidays. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Crathie Kirk for the Sunday church service near Balmoral, where members of the royal family are currently spending their summer holidays. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave Crathie Kirk after the Sunday church service near Balmoral, where members of the royal family are currently spending their summer holidays. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
Members of the public leave Crathie Kirk after watching the royal family departing following the Sunday church service near Balmoral, where members of the royal family are currently spending their summer holidays. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Crathie Kirk for the Sunday church service near Balmoral, where members of the royal family are currently spending their summer holidays. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall leave Crathie Kirk after the Sunday church service near Balmoral, where members of the royal family are currently spending their summer holidays. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Earl of Wessex and the Countess of Wessex with her daugter Lady Louise leave Crathie Kirk after the Sunday church service near Balmoral, where members of the royal family are currently spending their summer holidays. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
(front) Timothy Laurence and Princess Anne alongside with (back) Peter and Autumn Philips leave Crathie Kirk after the Sunday church service near Balmoral, where members of the royal family are currently spending their summer holidays. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II alongside the Duchess of Cambridge leave Crathie Kirk after the Sunday church service near Balmoral, where members of the royal family are currently spending their summer holidays. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
CRATHIE, ABERDEENSHIRE - AUGUST 25: Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are driven to Crathie Kirk Church before the service on August 25, 2019 in Crathie, Aberdeenshire. Queen Victoria began worshiping at the church in 1848 and every British monarch since has worshiped there while staying at nearby Balmoral Castle (Photo by Duncan McGlynn/Getty Images)
CRATHIE, ABERDEENSHIRE - AUGUST 25: Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are driven to Crathie Kirk Church before the service on August 25, 2019 in Crathie, Aberdeenshire. Queen Victoria began worshiping at the church in 1848 and every British monarch since has worshiped there while staying at nearby Balmoral Castle (Photo by Duncan McGlynn/Getty Images)
CRATHIE, ABERDEENSHIRE - AUGUST 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge are driven to Crathie Kirk Church before the service on August 25, 2019 in Crathie, Aberdeenshire. Queen Victoria began worshiping at the church in 1848 and every British monarch since has worshiped there while staying at nearby Balmoral Castle (Photo by Duncan McGlynn/Getty Images)
CRATHIE, ABERDEENSHIRE - AUGUST 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge waves while she is driven to Crathie Kirk Church before the service on August 25, 2019 in Crathie, Aberdeenshire. Queen Victoria began worshiping at the church in 1848 and every British monarch since has worshiped there while staying at nearby Balmoral Castle (Photo by Duncan McGlynn/Getty Images)
CRATHIE, ABERDEENSHIRE - AUGUST 25: Queen Elizabeth II is driven to Crathie Kirk Church before the service on August 25, 2019 in Crathie, Aberdeenshire. Queen Victoria began worshiping at the church in 1848 and every British monarch since has worshiped there while staying at nearby Balmoral Castle (Photo by Duncan McGlynn/Getty Images)
CRATHIE, ABERDEENSHIRE - AUGUST 25: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall drive to Crathie Kirk Church before the service on August 25, 2019 in Crathie, Aberdeenshire. Queen Victoria began worshiping at the church in 1848 and every British monarch since has worshiped there while staying at nearby Balmoral Castle (Photo by Duncan McGlynn/Getty Images)
CRATHIE, ABERDEENSHIRE - AUGUST 25: Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge drive to Crathie Kirk Church before the service on August 25, 2019 in Crathie, Aberdeenshire. Queen Victoria began worshiping at the church in 1848 and every British monarch since has worshiped there while staying at nearby Balmoral Castle (Photo by Duncan McGlynn/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II alongside Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Crathie Kirk for the Sunday church service near Balmoral, where members of the royal family are currently spending their summer holidays. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
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