Prince William partied & flirted with girls in 2007, even after he got back with Kate

HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton  at the Cheltenham Gold Cup Festival 2007 Day 1 , 13th March 2007

The Daily Mail is really doing the most on a lot of different royal fronts. They’ve been running tons of revisionist-history stories about Princess Diana to combat the new season of The Crown. They’ve been going all-in on the attacks against the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. And they’ve also been bizarrely promoting the ten-year anniversary of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement announcement. That last one is particularly funny, because it involves a great deal of revisionist history too, but the Mail is being surprisingly shady about it. After the Mail excerpts Robert Lacey’s Battle of Brothers, which included some not-so-flattering details about Kate and William’s courtship, the Mail is now running stories aimed at slapping back on Lacey’s narratives while also proving those same narratives.

Lacey’s book devoted a section to talking about Will and Kate in 2007. That year started out with speculation that William would propose to Kate. He ended up dumping her over the phone and running off to try his chances with an assortment of women. Kate paraded herself around with his friends and he eventually came back by the summer of 2007. Then… in September, he was still partying and acting like a single guy. The Daily Mail posted a story with their September 2007 photos of William drunkenly dancing with a blonde in a corseted top, and they’re referring to this incident as William’s “bachelor party.” Again, it would be three years before he proposed to Kate, and even then, he was practically forced into it.

Off the leash. Prince William takes to the dance floor with a blonde girl in a sexy basque after having knocked back shots of tequila, sambuca and several vodka and tonics. It’s 3am and it seems he hasn’t a care in the world. Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean blasts out as William and his friends whoop in delight. No wonder the second in line to the throne is revelling in this night out at the K Bar in a basement at the wrong end of London’s fashionable Fulham Road.

After having to endure the turmoil of his parents’ toxic divorce and living his whole life under pressure of dynastic expectation, his name constantly linked with every eligible young woman, the yoke of responsibility was off his shoulders in the early hours of that September morning in 2007. Slightly worse for wear and with his shirt hanging outside his jeans, William, 25, gave it his all. He twirled his dance partner with his hand on her slender waist. The pair held each other again, before laughingly spinning apart.

Where, any observer might have asked, was Kate Middleton? After all, she was the woman who had shared his life for the past five years. But they had split earlier that summer. William had got cold feet, feeling pressured into a marriage for which he was not ready. He had phoned Kate at her London office of the high-street fashion chain Jigsaw. Utterly crestfallen, the 25-year-old was a vortex of mixed emotions. Regardless, life went on and she had licked her wounds at the Middleton family’s cocoon-like Berkshire home. Undaunted, in public, Kate had tried to make it clear she was not pinning hopes on a reconciliation with William. She attended several events – albeit displaying what many noted was her ‘See-What-You’re-Missing-William’ look. A typical night out was at another West London club, Boujis. On one occasion, a self-help book was seen peeking out of Kate’s designer handbag, entitled Love Is Not Enough: A Smart Woman’s Guide To Keeping (And Making) Money. Among the advice in its pages is: ‘Prince Charming and his bank balance just aren’t coming to bail us out.’

Intriguingly, though, in the run-up to William’s big night out at K Bar, the couple had, behind the scenes, reunited. How they came to realise that life was poorer without each other is something obviously only they know. Secretly, the couple had formally reunited that summer during a holiday at a luxury resort in the Seychelles. They even agreed to marry – but only after William had finished his Army training and then his Navy and RAF duties. Reassured, Kate allowed her boyfriend to ‘let off some steam’ – although she wouldn’t have known the details of his long night and final fling in a clinch with a blonde wearing a silver basque.

Never one to lose control herself, Kate would not have approved of the sight of him later that morning, slumped outside the men’s toilets and propped up by his chums. William eventually went home alone – supported by his police protection officers as he stumbled into the street.

[From The Daily Mail]

Yeah… this is really gross? All the Mail is doing is reminding everyone that even though William and Kate reconciled in 2007, he was still partying and screwing other women, which is what he did before their big breakup anyway. There was no real change in William’s behavior, except maybe he got more discreet after this, but he was still partying and screwing around. The Mail’s revisionist narrative is that Kate “let” him blow off steam, probably like she “lets” him get his jollies in various rose bushes these days. So much for a modern fairytale – this is all just business as usual for these toxic royals and aristocrats.

Kate Middleton relaxes at the Cheltenham Festival 2007

Concert for Diana

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, WENN.

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  1. equality says:

    They need to break out the photos from 2016 when he abandoned attending the Commonwealth Service and was partying without Kate on his “boys” trip.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      Or the time he left the Top CEO/Kingmaker to meet Petty Betty on her own….
      Or the “dad dancing” in Switzerland…
      Or not being there “much” for George’s first six months…
      Or being absent for George’s first (beach) vacation with Mummy and the Grands…
      Or Char’s first Easter (having jetted off for a hunting trip with Jecca)…
      Or….

      How many more do we NOT know about? A LOT I’m sure.

      • Kalana says:

        I’ve been watching The Crown and all this sounds so similar to Charles leaving Diana on her own. Except Kate was 29 when she married and really did go into this with her eyes wide open.

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        Yes she did. But somehow, like most women, probably thought she could “change” him, or being around her family would change him. Still has to hurt. (And no… I am NOT a Keen-stan). I think she’s reaped what she’s sowed. I just feel for the kids, seeing this go on…as they grow up they are going to know what Dad did to Mummy, just like PWT and Harry knew how Charles was treating their mother. And the cycle will continue.

      • Nic919 says:

        He missed Charlotte’s first Easter because Jecca was getting married over the Easter weekend. He then tried to tack on one event in whatever country he was visiting to have the government pay for that trip.

        But it’s totally what a devoted father does because all good fathers skip holidays with their kids to attend the wedding of a former girlfriend solo.

      • coolspray says:

        I was going to say the same thing @Kalana did – I think Kate went in with her eyes fully open – she knew the deal and didn’t care.

      • CC says:

        I think the difference between Kate and Diana was that Diana was dealing with a man who was cleatly in love with a woman, while Kate may believe William was just fooling around for sex. For all you know Kate didn’t want to, lol. If he’s cheating, i hope she has a side piece on the side too. She looked really, really cute with that guy who sailed with her on some engagement

  2. Sharon Clark says:

    Jaysus, I forgot how cute William used to be. Aging has NOT been kind to him. And Kate didn’t used to have frown lines!

    • Flamingo says:

      I didn’t used to have frown lines either. Time is a bitch.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      He may’ve gotten the Spencer looks, but it seems that is ALL he got from Diana. He is more and more almost all Charles: the jealousy, the entitlement, the cheating….

      Seems the ONLY things he DIDN’T get from Charles is his work ethic to establish himself (Princes’ Trust, Environmental/Organic Farming) or his sharp dress sense!

    • Cherry says:

      YES. That was my first thought, too. He used to be so handsome. Pity.

    • Eenie Googles says:

      Yeah, luckily you’ll never age so you can be judgemental about it. 💁🏼‍♀️

      • Sharon Clark says:

        Easy tiger! He’s aging badly because of his ugliness of character. Harry isn’t aging like this! And Kate’s frown lines are so strong because she always has that tight pursed mouth thing going on. I just think their behaviour and character is showing in their faces. Not a dig at the straight aging process.

      • tempest prognosticator says:

        People are judged so harshly for aging and then they’re judged for resorting to fillers and Botox. It’s too bad because we’re all going to age if we’re lucky.

  3. Seraphina says:

    Thank you for the post on this story. It makes me wonder of this story was leaked out that it would be printed and then the Middletons went to press with the Kate story (not stalking him).

  4. Becks1 says:

    I feel like the Mail is being shady with these articles. Like why are they reminding us of the main time they broke up and then how William was letting off steam and Kate was okay-ish with that and William was dancing with a blonde woman in a nightclub and getting drunk etc. It almost feels like when they were talking about the Tatler article and defending Kate from it while still citing every single thing in the article.

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      It does feel like they are prepping us for a “William has cheated, Kate forgives him and stays for the kids, king and country” narrative. It make me wonder who is pushing that narrative though, Camp Middleton to get ahead of any “doormat” tag for Kate for staying and tolerating it – as well as a subtle reminder to Kate how much work Camp Middleton have put into her getting the prize role of FFQ so walking away is not an option, or Camp FFK are trying to paint Kate into a corner, laying out how forgiving she is, how she understands how much pressure he is under being future king of the realm. How she would never derelict her duty. Interesting times ahead.

      • Elizabeth Regina says:

        Ditto!

      • Becks1 says:

        Yeah, it makes me think the cheating story may be coming out, and we are getting these stories as reminders that Kate has put up with it before, and she’s going to put up with it again because she does love him, it has nothing to do with the title, nothing at all!!!! she just loves Normal Bill Cambridge.

      • Wowgust says:

        It also might come from Ma Midd. As Diana still a tragic figure for Britain and Chuck& Cam aren’t loved as much as it could be, ma Midd can push the narrative “prince cheats on his wife” to make Kate as adorable as Diana. And also push the narrative “Kate is responsible, wise woman” on a contrary to Diana’s after-divorce interviews, events, etc.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      There is something potentially huge afoot. I don’t what it is but it sounds like the different houses briefing against each other. Almost like look, you on the one hand were a stalker. Then followed by look, even your father has not been able to live down his infidelities from 20 years ago. We have the power to make or break the narration about you both, as we have so many photos in our archives, so cough up the stories please. I for one am buying a huge bag of popcorn as I watch this unfold. So much dirt is about to come to light.

    • Nic919 says:

      There is an Elle article going over all his cheating in the dating years as well. Something is definitely in the ether.

      • ItReallyIsYouNotMe says:

        I’m really not sure that some thing is really afoot that we haven’t heard before. I wonder if what is really happening is that, with no one going anywhere or doing anything because of coronavirus, the Royals have proven themselves to be valuable Clickbait Even with old stories. The DM still has a business to run.

      • ItReallyIsYouNotMe says:

        I’m really not sure that some thing is really afoot that we haven’t heard before. I wonder if what is really happening is that, with no one going anywhere or doing anything because of coronavirus, the Royals have proven themselves to be valuable Clickbait Even with old stories. The DM still has a business to run.

  5. Sofia says:

    I don’t think for one moment these images were magically “found”. I think they were always there but the media kept a hold of them because… idk. Or they may have been in the public domain already idk

    The whole “Kate lets him blow off steam” might be a preemptive excuse if/when anymore affair stories come out. As in “Kate doesn’t mind and let’s him cheat on their marriage so he can blow off steam”

    • Aidevee says:

      These ‘partying’ pics are a massive load of nothing, though.
      Honestly- I think that Will is as big a douche as the rest of you, but they are quite clearly just ceilidh dancing in these pics. If you were to zoom out, you’d see that there probs at least a dozen other people doing the same moves. I’m pretty sure it’s a Scottish dance called the Gay Gordon’s. Posh people who went to uni in Scotland always hang out together in London and do this- they call it Reeling Club and it’s a definite Thing. You dance with all sorts of people and there is literally nothing in it. It’s just fun and sociable Scottish dancing.

      The daily mail will know this but are publishing these pics anyway- I think the real story here is the motivation behind their decision to be so disengenuous. (Sorry I can’t remember how to spell that word, it’s been a long day!!)

  6. Who ARE These People? says:

    So he went and did what he resented his dad for doing, do I have that right?

    • paddingtonjr says:

      Yep, sins of the father and all that. Maybe William justifies it by telling himself that if Kate didn’t mind it, she would have spoken out like his mother did. And maybe Kate doesn’t mind; I’m not sure she went into this with any romantic ideals like Diana did. Maybe the title and the money are enough for her.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        I think your last statement was probably true until 1-2 years ago. Something changed drastically in Kate’s demeanor during that time and it’s escalated to the frail, “shell of herself” image that we see today. Whatever the exact reason (discovering Will’s affair? comparing her marriage to that of the Sussexes?), all the trappings of being the future Queen consort no longer seem to be satisfying her.

  7. Belli says:

    With all the publicity around the Crown and Charles’ affair being brought up again the tabloids will be itching for a “like father like son” special.

    How long will William be able to keep them at bay?

  8. Noki says:

    William has never respected Kate,which is a shame. He obviously holds the power and the sad thing i think he lets her know it too. He probably throws it in her face that she stalked him and she is nothing without him. There are many powerful people whos partners dont seem to walk on egg shells eg Barrack and Michelle,George and Amal Clooney,Oprah and Stedman etc

    • Flamingo says:

      The examples you gave aren’t the same. In any of the relationships that you listed, the less powerful person could still easily make their way in the world if they were dumped. Michelle was a successful attorney. Ditto Amal. Stedman has been on the speaking circuit for years and has published several books. If memory serves, he has also been a college professor. Kate luckily has family money, but has no career to fall back on. She worked part time at the family party store for a while. Not exactly a long resume.

      • Noki says:

        @Flamingo, i agree with some points. What am saying though is Wills has been publicly disrespectful to her for a while now. I remember the first time they became parents and he told her ‘stand up straight’ infront of the world press,they way he manicly looks at her when she speaks in public as if he wants her to shut up etc. At this point in time she doesnt need an impressive resume,she like Diana is Mother of a Future King ,she will be taken care of for the rest of her days.

  9. Mignionette says:

    Any minute now…. it’s coming…

    Chuck is going to throw Bill under the bus to save his own skin, so the great British public have two adulterers to choose from instead of him perpetually being the villain.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Yeah i agree something big is coming and I think it will be aimed at bringing Cain to heel – toe the line or else. I also think that Chuck will go for the Middleton’s as well, that story about Carole last week was for a reason.

    • Chartreuse says:

      Honestly karma for both Bill and Can’t if that happens. Couldn’t happen to nicer people. But I fear Chuck won’t as Bill will throw his trump card of I won’t be king then (even though he clearly wants it badly)

  10. MJM says:

    Charles 2.0 with the added bonus of laziness.

    • Snuffles says:

      Maybe that will be the distinction that Charles will make. “Hey, we’re both adulterers but at least I WORK and take my job seriously. And Camila work too unlike your useless wife.”

    • windyriver says:

      I’m beginning to believe William is the retribution for TQ, Charles, and the grey men/minions for the way they treated Diana, the cover they’ve given to Andrew, their failure to support Meghan (and Harry), and so on and so on.

      As far as we can tell, Will’s been problematic for the family his whole life. Angry and hard to control, colossally lazy, selfish and vindictive. And he chose a wife equally useless. It serves them right, really, if Will seeks to embiggen himself at their expense in the press, while at the same time creating problems (cheating, not showing up for his jobs, etc.) that require everyone to cover for him. William didn’t want any part furthering Charles’ significant projects like the Prince’s Trust. He seemed basically uninterested in the Duchy in the Charles documentary of a few years ago, and chances are it won’t fare well once Will becomes POW. Charles, the most productive POW in history, must know at this point (even if TQ or courtiers don’t realize or admit it to themselves) the person that follows him will be a lousy king – while at the same time, thousands of miles away, is a compassionate and hardworking family member, and his equally impressive wife, who were driven away.

      Too bad, so sad.

    • A says:

      In Charles’ minimal defence, the man lacked self-awareness, and he still does. William, who has been privy to his father’s poor treatment of his mother, and the fall out from that, particularly how hurt his mother was by that, ostensibly should know better. But he doesn’t. If anyone asked, I’m sure he’d still say that his father was an ass for treating his mother like that, and I’m sure he carries a lot of anger directed towards Charles for that, but I wonder how he’d excuse his own behaviour towards Kate. “She’s ok with it, so that’s ok. If she weren’t I wouldn’t be with her.”

  11. Ann says:

    Do you think it’s possible that William is setting up a “poor me, I want a divorce, I was trapped and had no choice but to marry her” scenario? After all, Charles is divorced and still in line for the throne, why can’t he be? (In his mind, anyway.)

    • Courtney B says:

      There were discussions about it at the time, his being divorced, because of the Defender of the Faith Issue. But technically Charles is considered a widower in the eyes of the Church. He and Camilla had issues marrying (besides the PR) because she’s a divorcee.

    • CC says:

      If this was all William, he would have focused on leaks that make Kate looked bad, not leaks about how he didn’t really want to marry her tbh. He saw how effective the Meghan smears were, if he wanted to ruin Kate’s reputation he would have tbh. Because the “I was forced to marry Kate” doesn’t work when they were relatively good friends throughout their relationship pre marriage, as well as Kate’s shitty rep that got cleaned up by KP/CH.

      If William wants an out, we would either see Kate’s reputation going downhill OR if he’s a decent man we would see that they amicably split after growing apart for so many years.

  12. Sarah says:

    As always your photo choices are inspired. Keep up the good work.

    I broke my ‘never click on the DM rule’ to take a look and this quote is quite something:
    For his part, William gave a clue by saying of his eventual decision to show his ‘romantic side’ and propose to her: ‘As any guy knows, it takes a certain amount of motivation to get yourself going.’

    Errr….. Nope. Just nope. We all know what your actual motivation was.

    • Harla says:

      I agree, Harry certainly didn’t need “a certain amount of motivation to get yourself going”. This is William’s “what ever in love means “. As I recall Kate looked pretty uncomfortable when he said that.

  13. Harper says:

    The Fail had an insert this weekend to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Will&Kate’s engagement. It was even advertised as “the love that saved the monarchy.” The ‘Kate Is Not A Stalker’ headline/article was connected to the promo for the insert, but the “Here are some old photos that have been unearthed of Will partying” was a separate headline/article.

    The idea that Clarence House is going to spill on Will to deflect from The Crown is intriguing. The timing of these unearthed photos from years and years ago on the weekend that Charles is going to take a bashing is more than curious.

    • Nic919 says:

      I still feel that Lacey got help from Clarence House for his book.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        I agree. Finished reading the Lacey book this weekend. The book is well written and only two times did I disagree with how some incident was presented. I think Lacey did get help from Clarence House but in no way did Charles slide through this book with no criticism. Lacey did not give Charles a free pass.

  14. heygingersnaps says:

    Your photo choices are *chef’s kiss!👌🏼

  15. TIffany says:

    I…..miss the Waity Years from a gossip standpoint.

    Oh, what are simpler time with Frick and Frack.

  16. leftie says:

    I don’t think anything “big” is coming. Just the DM being the DM. It’s around the time of their engagement 10 years ago, so to prove their impartiality (?!) theyve dug up some unflattertng pictures.
    But really, big deal. He was 25, not publicly engaged, out dancing and drinking and went home alone. This is so terrible? Dancing is cheating? A night out with his friends is scandalous?
    And so what if he went skiing with pals while married? And “dad danced.” Have none of you gone away with pals while married and had fun? I’ve been married 35 years and gone on girl trips, had fun but never cheated. No one has come forth and claimed to have slept with William, and I’m sure it’s not for the lack of the press trying. The Rose thing is weird, for sure, but who knows?

  17. Amy Bee says:

    I truly believe that this spread is a sanctioned collaboration between the Middletons and the Daily Mail.

  18. MsIam says:

    Why are they marking the anniversary of their engagement? Is that a thing now? Hmmm. Anyway, I just don’t see these two making it last. Too much “try hard” in the atmosphere and loveless marriages just are not the norm. Look at the other royal marriages that have gone kaput this year, nobody wants to sacrifice their whole life for appearances anymore.

    • Nic919 says:

      Bringing up the engagement and video will only bring further comparisons to the other couple and highlight the complete lack of chemistry between these two. And a decade later, we have seen the “hitting the ground running” that was supposed to happen.

  19. What...now? says:

    Honestly, it made me kinda sad to see these older pictures of Kate. She was so vivacious and seemed like she was always up for a good time and was definitely very pretty. But, oh my goodness look at what 10 years has done to both Will and Kate–they’ve aged at least 20 years! Kate is now ultra-thin, manic smiles, not-quite-right outfits. . .I wonder if Kate thinks it’s worth it all, she looks like a husk of the person she used to be. Living with William has sucked Kate dry.

    No wonder Kate was super jealous of Meghan. Meghan still has that vivacity, that youthful energy in spirit which reflects in her lovely face and the energy she puts out. Also, the fact that Meghan wouldn’t dim her shine for the palace–no wonder Kate was seething. In hindsight, I wonder if Kate feels she should have married like Pippa?

    And William is straight up a middle-aged man before he’s 40. You get the face(s) you deserve by the age of 40. . .and damn. . .William. I imagine in another 10 years, he and Charles will look the same age.

    • lili says:

      Exactly, she looked like she had a personality, dressed better and not to body shame but she was not that skinny. She has changed a lot post college and engagement.

      • A says:

        She was not that skinny but she looked GOOD. She has always looked good with the weight. I don’t know why she wanted to slim down so bad, because like…yeah she’s skinny, but she looks tired and sad all the time.

    • Ann says:

      I always suspected Kate was envious of Meghan. I have tried not to follow this whole saga in the tabloids because they seem to be biased against Meghan, whom I really like. Glad I found this site! But it makes sense. Kate was the “It Girl”, praised for her fashion and for her (relative) normalcy, etc. But she was never glamorous like Meghan, she’s not an actress and she never made a career on her own. Suddenly she’s overshadowed. As for William’s looks…..I never really liked his face that much, but he was tall and had nice hair. Losing the hair really revealed that his features were never all that. But him being an anodyne sourpuss doesn’t help either. Maybe he should just shave his head and go for that look. Not sure he could pull it off though.

  20. NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

    2007 was also the height of William looking wasted consistently until the wedding, then he went to only looking sometimes wasted until about 2017 when he looked like he was getting wasted consistently again. Affairs are only scratching the surface. Kate is much smarter than Diana in that she knows that in the end there will be no one but her. But I also think she banks on it way too much. Even if I had to remain married to him, I’d have given up on William a long time ago.

    The best thing that can happen is that they are hands off when it comes to George’s love life. If that means George doesn’t marry until he’s 50 and has kids at 60, so be it. If that means George never marries and Charlotte takes the crown before hers or Louis’ kids do, so be it. Whatever needs to happen to make it so their relationships are healthy, so be it.

  21. lili says:

    Like previous commenter the old pics of Kate make me feel sad because her personality bubbly smile and lots of curly hair make her feel alive not a doll. She also knew how to dress nice during the break up. It’s like she went “all in” and then maybe William gave her enough crumbs for her to stay. After all he was handsome once and the future king. If she broke up with him she wouldn’t find a better guy. What’s clear though is that she really wanted big family country house etc that’s evidence. She was kids-friendly.

  22. candy says:

    I mean…it’s just dancing.

    • yinyang says:

      There are stories of women he tried to take home like Lisa Agar, but like any respectable women they rejected him.

  23. Chartreuse says:

    Kate really has changed in the face (and hair) that aren’t just age.

  24. yinyang says:

    Wow you can really see how basic she is. William flirted with many many girls during their dating years, as there are many accounts from these other women.