New tales of Kate-William budding romance revealed

We've all heard the story of how Prince William became smitten with Kate Middleton when she paraded down a catwalk in a see-through dress in March 2002 while both were students at the University of St. Andrews.

Dress Apparently, according to new tales by a former classmate, the spark had already been ignited months before when William paid £200 ($315) to win Kate in a 'slave auction' at school.

Laura Warshauer, who has written a song about the love story of the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, tells the Daily Mail that William and Kate hit it off almost immediately in their first year at university.

In November of that freshman year, she says, there was a Harry Potter-themed party.

"There was a charity auction where you could bid for the person for the day and Will paid £200 for Kate," Warshauer told the paper. "She was dressed in school uniform and was stood on these stone steps with us all below.

"No one else was winning Kate that night. They already had that connection."

Warshauer, who now lives in Los Angeles, penned a song called 'To Will and Kate, Meet Me at Exit 109.'

Warshauer tells another story of Prince William at a party being hounded by a persistent girl who he was trying to politely turn away.

"Suddenly, Kate just walked up to Will in the most natural way and put her arms around him. It gave Will the opportunity to turn to the other girl and say, 'I’m sorry, I have a girlfriend,' while gesturing towards Kate.

"Will then turned to Kate and mouthed in an exaggerated way, 'Thank you.' She was the only girl in the room who could have pulled that off so effortlessly."

The slave auction story about the budding romance is nice, of course, but the story of the see-through dress will probably have much more staying power in the lore of this couple.

Besides, there's an anonymous bidder who paid more than $120,000 at an auction for the Charlotte Todd-designed dress a few months ago. The price of royal history does not come cheap.




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