Although Prince William and Kate Middleton appear to live an ideal life with their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, the couple didn’t always a stable relationship.

Years before their royal wedding, the couple went through a brief break up. William was initially blamed for the split, but a royal correspondent believes Kate may have instigated the separation.

In 2007, the Duke of Cambridge reportedly ended his romance with Kate after feeling “claustrophobic” in the relationship and claiming the two had lost their spark.

However, Judy Wade of Hello Magazine claimed the pressure of dating a member of the royal family may have overwhelmed Kate and caused her to dump William. The royal expert suggested Kate “might have realized the awful burden she would have taken on” after marrying William, and wasn’t confident about her decision.

“It’s a life sentence marrying a royal,” Wade explained.

When news of Prince William and Kate’s split began to circulate, there were some doubts about whether the two had broken up. 

At the time, royal correspondent, Richard Palmer noted that Kate was “still wearing the friendship ring William gave her more than two years ago.”

Palmer went on to suggest that the break up was a way for Kate to think about her future with William without having to worry about the paparazzi. 

“They were very lovey-dovey when they went out for dinner with Hugh and Rose van Cutsem at the King’s Head at Bledington in the Cotswolds a couple of weeks ago. I’m sure they have split up for now, but William’s very good at manipulating the media,” he said

“This may be about giving her a breather from the royal scene as well as giving him time to go off and do what he wants to do.”

Despite their time apart, Prince William and Kate eventually got back together shortly after their split. In 2011, the couple was married in a luxurious royal wedding at Westminster Abbey in London.