Prince William’s decision to study at the University of St. Andrews had nothing to do with Prince Charles or Kate Middleton.

Andrew Neil, the former Lord Rector at the university, recounted his conversation with Prince William from years ago. In the documentary “Prince William at 30,” Neil revealed that he encouraged the dad of three to enroll at their school after he realized that Prince William still hadn’t made up his mind.

Back in the day, one of Prince William’s top considerations was the size of the swimming pool at particular schools because he was into water polo at that time. But Neil told him something about the University of St. Andrews that seemed to change Prince William’s priorities.

“I informed him that St. Andrews was full of beautiful and very bright young women and I’m sure that’s what clinched it,” he said.

And after it was announced that Prince William would go to the university, Neil revealed that there was a surge in female applicants that also wanted to study there.

Royal author Katie Nicholl said that majority of the women were from wealthy families in the United States, and they were determined to move to the United Kingdom to bag the prince. But none of those Americans were successful when it comes to stealing the Duke of Cambridge’s heart.

Not long after he started studying at the University of St. Andrews, Prince William met a beautiful brunette named Kate Middleton. Helen McArdle, Middleton’s next-door neighbor at the dorm, said that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge quickly formed a strong friendship with each other.

“Kate certainly became very good friends with William and his friends from Eton very quickly, they seemed to form a very tight group. In terms of their social life, they went to some of the more upmarket bars in St. Andrews,” she said.

Prince William and Middleton started dating in 2003 while they were still studying at the institution.

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Prince William, Middleton meets with Irish Guards after attending the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, where they presented shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards on March 17, 2019 in Hounslow, England. Getty Images/Gareth Fuller-WPA Pool