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It's was a strict no-boy zone for St Andrew's landlady Charlotte Smith -- that's until Prince William came along, and even then it took her some convincing.
It seems like only yesterday that we saw Prince William on TV tottering around as a young royal in over-sized suits at various royal engagements with his little brother. And now he’s all grown-up, brimming with confidence and striding into adulthood with his wife-to-be, Kate Middleton.
Kate and Wills met at St Andrew’s university in 2001 where she studied history of art and he read geography. Wills was rumored to have paid £200 [about $330] for a VIP seat at the charity fashion show where Middleton caught his eye in the now famous risque frock that left little to the imagination.
After a year in halls, Kate and Wills decided to live together with two friends, Fergus Boyd and Olivia Bleasdale, in a shared flat in St Andrew’s where, it’s speculated, the young couple fell in love. We chatted to their landlady at the time, Charlotte Smith, who told us what it was like to rent her house out to royalty.
Tell us about the flat.
It’s a Victorian terrace built in the Georgian style so it's four stories high. We had the top two stories which consisted of a very large sitting and dining room. We had one big twin bedroom, two single bedrooms and two double bedrooms. I think we must have bought it in 1993. Our daughter was up at St Andrew’s so we bought it as a buy-to-let for her and her friends.
And how did Prince William and Kate Middleton come to choose your flat to live in?
Traditionally we only accepted female fourth years, and we’d always done the letting of the flat by word of mouth. We’d asked the tenants who were leaving whether they’d heard of any responsible students who would like to take it. As it happened, one of the girls said that they had got some responsible people but the thing was that two of them were young men. We’d had an unfortunate experience with some boys in the flat once before and we were determined not to have young men there again. So I’d said no, not really, we don’t want to do that.