The surprisingly normal way Prince William convinced Kate Middleton to date him

Kate Middleton and Prince William attend Harry Meade & Rosie Bradford's wedding
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Prince William attempted to “impress” Kate Middleton in a surprisingly normal way during their university days. 

As senior members of The Firm (opens in new tab) the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have dined at plenty of important and glamorous occasions over the years, from state banquets to overseas receptions. Though despite the fascination that exists over the Royal Family’s favourite foods (opens in new tab) it seems that the simplest dishes really are the best. Earlier this year during their somewhat controversial Caribbean Tour, the down-to-earth items on Kate Middleton and Prince William’s hotel dinner order (opens in new tab) was revealed. 

Whilst Kate has previously revealed the crowd-pleasing dish Prince William used to make to "impress" her in the early years of knowing each other.

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As reported by the Daily Mail (opens in new tab), the Duchess of Cambridge explained that William tried to woo her with his culinary skills when they were studying at the University of St Andrews. This was where William and Kate’s love story (opens in new tab) began and they were friends before they started dating. 

Speaking during an appearance on A Berry Royal Christmas with Dame Mary Berry (opens in new tab) in 2019, she told the baking icon, "In university days he used to cook all sorts of meals."

Kate went on to express her belief that William was pulling out all the stops for her. And one of his go-to dishes to cook is something many families would likely count amongst their favourites - pasta with Bolognese sauce!

“I think that's when he was trying to impress me, Mary!” the Duchess explained. “Things like Bolognese sauce, and things like that.”

Prince William Cooking Chicken Paella During His Boarding School Days At Eton College

Prince William Cooking Chicken Paella During His Boarding School Days At Eton College.

When asked if the Queen’s grandson, who is second in line to the throne (opens in new tab), still makes time to cook for her now, she revealed that he does on occasions despite their busy schedules.

“He sometimes does actually - he's very good at breakfast,” Kate replied, though during their appearance her husband had candidly admitted she does most of the cooking at home. 

Prince William confessed, “I can do tea, Mary, but not cooking. Catherine is definitely the one who cooks, not me.”

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge help prepare meals

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge help prepare meals with representatives of Sikh Sanjog.

But whilst Kate might take the lead when it comes cooking at home at Anmer Hall in Norfolk or their London residence, Kensington Palace, it seems the couple aren’t against ordering a sneaky takeaway on occasions.

During an interview with BBC Radio 1 in 2017, the Cambridges were asked if they ever ordered food in, to which Kate responded quickly, "Absolutely, and curry - definitely."

"I'm not so good with spicy food," William declared, before clarifying, "It doesn't usually get ordered to the palace to be honest, normally someone goes and picks it up."

It seems the Cambridges are real foodies at heart and even years after they first met, William's Bolognese cooking skills are part of some wonderful memories for Kate.

Emma Shacklock
Senior Lifestyle Writer

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, Goodto.com, and My Imperfect Life.