Kate Middleton was forced to give up one activity that she loved because of her then-boyfriend, Prince William.

While they were still dating, the Duke of Cambridge prevented Middleton from setting out on her own adventures but with good reason. The dad of three was worried about his former girlfriend’s safety since their relationship was very public.

In the book “William and Catherine,” royal author Andrew Morton said that the Duchess of Cambridge had to give up a couple of things after she decided to get back together with the future king.

For instance, the mom of three had to give up her independence and sense of adventure for conformity and safety. Middleton also begged out of a dragon boat race just weeks before the competition.

Race organizer Emma Sayle told Morton that her worst fears were confirmed at that time. And even after she begged Prince William’s wife to not drop out of the race, she still followed the second in line to the throne’s advice.

“She is a lovely girl, but everything that comes with her – the paparazzi, the egos, and the Clarence House – made it a nightmare,” Sayle said.

Meanwhile, Morton also talked about one of Middleton’s friends who were supposed to participate in the dragon boat race. He said that Alicia Fox-Pitt also dropped out of the competition after breaking her collar bone.

But even though Fox-Pitt was no longer part of the team, she still flew to Dover to support her teammates. Middleton, on the other hand, never spoke to any of her teammates and she also didn’t attend the match.

“As for Kate, it was as if the last three months of relative independence had become another country, the Sisterhood never heard from her again; not so much as a word of congratulations or a donation to the children’s charities for which the women raised more than £100,000,” Morton said.

Kate Middleton and Prince William
Prince William and Kate Middleton attend the 1st Battalion Irish Guards St Patrick's Day Parade at Cavalry Barracks on March 17, 2019 in Hounslow, England. Getty Images/Gareth Fuller