Although Prince William and Kate Middleton appear to have a close relationship, the couple was not immediately drawn to each other when they began attending St Andrews University.

Before they became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate were young college students eager to have a good time. When Kate wasn’t busy with classes, she was focused on her romance with upperclassman Rupert Finch.

In the book, “Kate: The Future Queen,” Katie Nicholl claimed Kate’s effortless charm resulted in instant popularity during her freshman year.

Former student Michael Choong revealed Kate and her then-boyfriend were well known on campus. “All the blokes loved Kate, and all the girls loved Rupert. They were a golden couple,” he explained.

“He would have crazy parties at his house, and all-night drinking sessions following nights at Ma Bells when the vodka bottles came out.”

During her early days at St Andrews, Kate earned the nickname, “Beautiful Kate” because of her natural beauty. “She was initially more reserved than many of the other young women, but her natural beauty was apparent,” Nicholl wrote.

“Tanned from a recent holiday in Barbados with her parents, fit from regular early morning run or swim, and dressed in her comfortable Hennes jeans, fitted sweater and signature cowboy boots, she radiated an outer freshness and an inner confidence.”

Prince William was eventually swept into Kate’s aurora and asked her to breakfast. A university friend of the couple, Laura Warshauer, told royal biographer Marcia Moody the two had an instant connection.

“They had fun natural banter very early on. They would tease each other. It was a twinkle in the eye – the delivery of what was said,” she said.

The two became smitten with each other and married in 2011. Prince William and Kate Middleton are now parents to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton are pictured on a five-day visit to Pakistan. AFP/Aamir QURESHI