Kate Middleton (Image: PA)

Selecting which family to spend the holiday season with is a challenging decision for many couples, including Prince William and Kate Middleton. Annually faced with the dilemma of choosing between the Windsors and the Middletons, the royal couple encountered a particularly emotional moment in 2006.

Before their marriage, tradition dictated that Kate couldn’t spend Christmas at Sandringham with the Royal Family, as invitations were limited to married couples. Although the couple couldn’t celebrate Christmas together, they had planned for a significant New Year celebration.

However, a book titled ‘The Making of a Royal Romance,’ released in 2011 revealed a poignant incident. Prince William had initially promised to join Kate and her family for New Year, but at the last minute, he decided to stay with his family. Kate, reportedly informed over the phone on Boxing Day, was left in tears by this turn of events.

According to royal author Katie Nicholl, William had second thoughts about their relationship and discussed his future with Kate with his father and grandmother. The advice he received led him to reconsider his plans.

In the weeks following this incident, Kate and William briefly split in 2007, a decision that disappointed the late Queen. However, their breakup was short-lived, as they were seen kissing at an army party in Dorset. By July 2007, they were officially back together, and the couple’s journey eventually led to their engagement in 2010 and marriage in 2011. They now share three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

Since their reconciliation, Prince William and Kate Middleton have spent their Christmas holidays together, with the majority of their festive periods celebrated at the Sandringham Estate with the Royal Family.

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