Kate Middleton's 'awkward' experience in early days of William love story that would 'never happen now'

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, known as the Duchess of Strathearn when in Scotland visits Dundee to officially open the V&A Dundee on January 29, 2019 in Dundee, Scotland.
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Kate Middleton was once left standing alone at a royal birthday party in the early days of her and Prince William's relationship, according to a former royal butler. 

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and wife of future King, Prince William, was once 'left alone' at a party because royal guests did not recognise her.

The mother-of-three is now globally beloved and celebrated for her fashion sense, relatable parenting style, and down-to-earth personality. However, according to former royal butler, Grant Harrold, Kate was left looking 'awkward' and all-alone at Prince Charles' 60th birthday bash. 

Kate Middleton attends the after party following the opening night of 'AFRIKA AFRIKA', at the O2 Arena on January 17, 2008 in London, England.

Harrold explained that despite the party being held less than three years before William and Kate married in 2011, guests at the royal do did not recognise her or try to speak to her.

He recounted to MyLondon, "There was a marquee and everything, I remember Kate was standing in the middle on her own. 

"And nobody was talking to her or going near her because they didn’t know who she was or recognise her. I went over and chatted to her while we waited for Will to come in and it was quite sweet."

Prince William and his girlfriend Kate Middleton arrive at the Central Flying School at RAF Cranwell where Prince William received his RAF wings in a graduation ceremony, Sleaford on April 11, 2008 in Lincolnshire, England.

Harrold then remarked on what a funny and surprising story this is today in light of Kate's huge populatiry, remaking, "Now - could you imagine Kate in the middle of a room and no one speaking to her? It’ just wouldn’t happen, she’d be mobbed!"

Despite making lifelong sacrifices in marrying William, and giving up her 'quiet life' Kate is well on her way to becoming the 'ultimate Queen', with experts claiming that she was thriving and radiating confidence on her recent solo trip to Denmark and calling her ‘the perfect advert’ for the monarchy.

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard Diploma in Journalism from the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, fashion, and entertainment for Goodto.com and My Imperfect Life.