Woman who shared dorm with Cambridges at St Andrews says William was always paying attention to Kate

Woman who shared a dorm with the Cambridges St Andrews says Prince William ‘was always paying attention to Kate Middleton’ and the pair had a ‘natural chemistry’ and ‘so much to say to each other’

  • Laura Warshauer, from New Jersey, met the couple in 2001 at St. Andrews
  • All lived at St. Salvator’s Hall and said William and Kate had ‘definite chemistry’
  • Claims ‘small moments’ made her think pair would go the distance from early on

A woman who shared a dorm with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge says Prince William was ‘always paying attention’ to Kate Middleton whenever she was in the room.

Laura Warshauer, from New Jersey, who met the couple in 2001 at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where they all lived at St. Salvator’s Hall, said they had ‘definite chemistry’.

Laura, a singer-songwriter who penned a tune for the Cambridges’ wedding, quickly became friends with ‘Will Wales’, who lived down the corridor, and Kate whose room was downstairs. 

She said that there were ‘small moments’ between William and Kate which made her believe from early days that the pair would go the distance. 

A woman who shared a dorm with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge says Prince William was ‘always paying attention’ to Kate Middleton whenever she was in the room (pictured together in their uni days)

Laura Warshauer, from New Jersey, who met the couple in 2001 at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where they all lived at St. Salvator's Hall, said they had 'definite chemistry'

Laura Warshauer, from New Jersey, who met the couple in 2001 at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where they all lived at St. Salvator’s Hall, said they had ‘definite chemistry’

‘Whenever Kate was in the room, Will was obviously paying attention to her,’ she told People

‘When we’d be sitting at lunch in the dining hall and the two of them would be talking, it was amazing to see how natural it was, how they had so much to say to each other.

‘Looking back, there were all these small moments—certainly moments where I was like, “Wow, this could really be something”.’  

Laura has previously opened up about their student life together, with William paying her visits on a hunt for biscuits and Kate sitting on her bed playing her guitar.

She said the ‘genuine’ Duchess ‘had a lovely way about her’ when they first met, while William would ‘walk around as a normal guy and people didn’t make a big deal of it’.

She previously recalled how William paid £200 for Kate during a ‘slave’ charity auction at a Harry Potter-themed party.

Laura said that there were 'small moments' between William and Kate which made her believe from early days that the pair would go the distance

Laura said that there were ‘small moments’ between William and Kate which made her believe from early days that the pair would go the distance 

‘One of my favourite memories was in November of [first] year and we were invited to a Harry Potter party at this castle,’ she said.

‘We all got on a big bus to go there and I remember Kate and William dancing together all night.

‘There was a charity auction where you could bid for the person for the day and Will paid £200 for Kate. 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.’

When Kate was voted ‘prettiest girl’ in the halls, Laura said it didn’t go to Kate’s head. 

‘There were applause, and she was wearing this cool black off-the-shoulder shirt… She’s very grounded, and that sense of ease comes through in the way she carries herself and the way she just graciously walked up and accepted this award,’ she recalled.

During their engagement interview in 2010, Kate admitted she went 'bright red' when she met the prince and 'scuttled off, feeling very shy'

During their engagement interview in 2010, Kate admitted she went ‘bright red’ when she met the prince and ‘scuttled off, feeling very shy’

‘She’s obviously stunning – but she doesn’t act in any way like, “Oh, I’m this gorgeous person”.’ 

During their engagement interview in 2010, Kate admitted she went ‘bright red’ when she met the prince and ‘scuttled off, feeling very shy’.

‘It did take a bit of time for us to get to know each other but we did become very close friends from quite early,’ she added.

William said: ‘We moved in together as friends. We lived with a couple of others as well, and it just sort of blossomed from there, really. We just saw more of each other, and you know, hung out a bit more and did stuff.’  

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Prince William to attend FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium

Prince William to attend FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium along with 20,000 supporters as part of the last pilot event for return of fans in stadiums

  • Prince William will attend this weekend’s FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium
  • The Duke of Cambridge is the president of the FA and attend the final every year
  • The final will be contested by Chelsea and Leicester City on Saturday afternoon
  • The Duke will be joined by 20,000 socially-distanced supporters at Wembley 
  • This year’s final is the last UK Government pilot event ahead of the return of fans

Prince William will be attending this weekend’s FA Cup final along with 20,000 supporters at Wembley Stadium. 

The final, which will be contested by Chelsea and Leicester City, is the final pilot test event ahead of the regular return of fans from May 17, as per the UK Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. 

The Duke of Cambridge is the president of the Football Association (FA) and attends the Wembley showpiece event every year and presents the winning team with the trophy. 

Prince William will attend this weekend’s FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester City

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Kate Middleton and Prince William are launching YouTube channel

Kate Middleton and Prince William have announced they are launching a YouTube channel by sharing another slick promotional video. 

The Duke, 38, and Duchess of Cambridge, 39, shared a short video on their social media channels today called: ‘Welcome to our official YouTube channel!’

The video contained clips from engagements over the past few years, as well as behind-the-scenes candid moments from the couple, including Prince William joking with Kate: ‘We need to be careful what we say now because these guys are filming everything.’

It comes days after royal experts praised  the couple for sharing an ‘enchanting’ family video of themselves outdoors with their three children for their tenth wedding anniversary. 

The Duke, 38, and Duchess of Cambridge, 39, shared a short video on their social media channels today called: ‘Welcome to our official YouTube channel!’

Last week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released a 39-second clip of their family on the day of their 10th wedding anniversary today, showing them at their Norfolk residence Anmer Hall and on sand dunes at a nearby beach.

One royal expert said the video ‘goes straight to the heart of what has made the Cambridges a very successful family in terms of public image’, while another said it shows ‘how happy they are with their lives and in their roles’. 

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told MailOnline today: ‘This enchanting video to mark the Cambridges tenth anniversary was a delightful surprise. We expected the happy photographs.

‘Both of them were superb portraits of a couple who are clearly blissfully happy, both with each other and in their roles, where they show to the world how far they are from being ‘trapped’. 

Prince William and Kate shared the video with their children including Prince Louis to mark their tenth wedding anniversary

Prince William and Kate shared the video with their children including Prince Louis to mark their tenth wedding anniversary

Donning casual clothes, the Cambridges are seen sitting on hay bales around the campfire toasting marshmallows

Donning casual clothes, the Cambridges are seen sitting on hay bales around the campfire toasting marshmallows

‘The Duchess has done a good deal of valuable work on children’s issues, particularly on those affecting young children. She has also talked about some of the problems of being a mother and has stressed how important the outdoors is. 

‘Mums up and down the country will identify with the simple joys of pottering with the kids on the beach, playing in the garden and in the countryside.

Royal expert Roya Nikkhah said today that the video 'goes straight to the heart of what has made the Cambridges a very successful family in terms of public image'

Royal expert Roya Nikkhah said today that the video ‘goes straight to the heart of what has made the Cambridges a very successful family in terms of public image’

‘This is symbolically significant too. In 1969, the riverside family barbecue where Prince Philip grilled sausages in the film The Royal Family, was considered one of the reasons it was thought to have gone too far, in revealing the informal lives of the royal family. Even today, it cannot be shown. 

‘The Cambridges are clearly signalling that the monarchy in the future will have a more informal style, which will suit changing times. William also knows that if the Queen wants a member of the royal family to visit one of the world’s most troubled regions, he is the person to send for, as he performed this role expertly three years ago when he visited both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

‘In William and Catherine, we have the ideal couple to face the challenges which lie ahead for the monarchy and the photographs and video which celebrate their first decade of marriage show us how happy they are with their lives and in their roles.’ 

In a tweet accompanying the Cambridges’ clip, which was created by filmmaker Will Warr and filmed last autumn, Prince William and Kate thanked those who had sent ‘kind messages’ to mark the milestone.

It said: ‘Thank you to everyone for the kind messages on our wedding anniversary. We are enormously grateful for the 10 years of support we have received in our lives as a family.’

Sunday Times royal editor Roya Nikkhah told Sky News today: ‘I think that’s a really interesting release and I think it goes straight to the heart of what has made the Cambridges a very successful family in terms of public image. 

A smiling Kate Middleton opts for a casual look as she perches on the edge of some hay bales next to husband Prince William

A smiling Kate Middleton opts for a casual look as she perches on the edge of some hay bales next to husband Prince William

The family dressed in cosy winter clothes and appeared to recycle the same outfits they wore for their Christmas 2020 card

The family dressed in cosy winter clothes and appeared to recycle the same outfits they wore for their Christmas 2020 card

In the sweet video, Kate Middleton could be seen chasing Prince Louis around the garden of their Anmer Hall residence

In the sweet video, Kate Middleton could be seen chasing Prince Louis around the garden of their Anmer Hall residence

‘Because while they jealously and fiercely guard their privacy, what they’re very good at doing is putting out just enough – photographs and now a video clip of private family time that makes the public feel that they are invested in them and they are getting to see a little bit of that behind the scenes magic.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said the video shows 'how happy they are with their lives and in their roles'

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said the video shows ‘how happy they are with their lives and in their roles’

‘That video came with a message thanking the public for all their support over the last ten years, and I think what they’re trying to do with that is to say “we understand you’re hugely interested in us, in our lives, in our children. Thank you for respecting our privacy and supporting us, and here’s a video giving you a little bit of an insight into what family life is like for the Cambridges”.’

She went on to talk about the ‘growing access’ that the public is getting to the Cambridges, but added: ‘What’s always quite interesting is that it’s controlled, and it’s very much on their terms, and it’s very often Kate that takes the photos, of course Chris Floyd took the ones that came out today.

‘We know that William and Kate are gradually taking on more work, they are stepping in taking on more responsibility with the Royal Family, supporting the Queen who’s now 95, and we are seeing a lot more of them.

‘Their role in public life and their role within the Royal Family is becoming more prominent, more important.’

At one point in the Cambridges’ video, it shows the royal couple sharing a joke with their youngest son, Prince Louis, while at another the whole family are seen toasting marshmallows over a bonfire.

The family look happy in each other’s company, with both the duke and duchess shown chasing, playing and holding hands with their children. 

Kate Middleton in Dubarry jacket in video to mark Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 10th anniversary

The Cambridges showed they can embrace both high-end and high street fashion in their new video montage to mark the Duke and Duchess’ 10th wedding anniversary. 

Kate, 39, appeared effortlessly elegant in a trendy £299 jacket from Irish premium brand Dubarry, while Prince George, seven, was dressed down in a £12 fleece by British outdoor and leisure clothing company Regatta.

The clip, which offers fans a glimpse into the royal family’s home life as Prince William and Kate climb sand dunes and toast marshmallows with their three children, was shared online this afternoon. 

Princess Charlotte, five, appeared just as stylish as her mother in an Intarsia Wool-Blend jumper from Ralph Lauren and £259 Penelope Chilvers boots, similar to a pair owned and worn by the duchess for the last 17 years. 

Prince Louis, three, sported a blue jumper, mimicking Prince William’s casual ensemble of a green sweater.

The Cambridges showed they can embrace both high-end and high street fashion in their new video montage to mark the Duke and Duchess’ 10th wedding anniversary. Pictured, Kate and Prince Louis

Kate, 39, appeared effortlessly elegant in a trendy £299 jacket from Irish premium brand Dubarry, while Prince George (centre left), seven, was dressed down in a £12 fleece by British outdoor and leisure clothing company Regatta

Kate, 39, appeared effortlessly elegant in a trendy £299 jacket from Irish premium brand Dubarry, while Prince George (centre left), seven, was dressed down in a £12 fleece by British outdoor and leisure clothing company Regatta

Kate opted for a red jumper with her recycled Marguerite Blouse by Sezane and a pair of skinny jeans for the video.

Combating the cold weather during part of the clip, the duchess sported her favoured Dubarry Friel Utility Jacket, thought to have cost £299, as well as a stylish £95 hat from Hicks & Brown.

Princess Charlotte complemented her mother’s look, wearing a Ralph Lauren jumper and a ruffle-neck blouse with skinny jeans, teamed with £259 Penelope Chilvers boots.

The duchess has a similar pair of the knee-highs, and has owned the trusty £475 Penelope Chilvers boots for at least 17 years, having first been spotted in them at the Blenheim Palace Game Fair in August 2004. 

The youngest of the clan, Prince Louis, who was often seen nestled between his parents, sported a look similar to his father’s go-to style. 

Princess Charlotte (left), five, appeared just as stylish as her mother in an Intarsia Wool-Blend jumper from Ralph Lauren and £259 Penelope Chilvers boots, similar to a pair owned and worn by the duchess for the last 17 years

Princess Charlotte (left), five, appeared just as stylish as her mother in an Intarsia Wool-Blend jumper from Ralph Lauren and £259 Penelope Chilvers boots, similar to a pair owned and worn by the duchess for the last 17 years

A smiley Kate oped for a casual look as she perched on the edge of some hay bales next to husband Prince William in the countryside (pictured)

A smiley Kate oped for a casual look as she perched on the edge of some hay bales next to husband Prince William in the countryside (pictured)

He sported a blue jumper paired with a checkered shirt underneath and dark trousers, while his older brother Prince George was dressed in a similar earthy tones to his father Prince William.

The duke donned a green jumper with a blue shirt underneath, while Prince George opted for similar colours, sporting a £12 fleece by British brand Regatta and a £40 Brown Check Shirt from Trotters. 

Celebrity stylist Rochelle White told FEMAIL: ‘Kate is no stranger to mixing high street and high end fashion. 

‘Her favourite designers and brands include Alexander McQueen, Mulberry and Erdem – but she is also a lover of Reiss and Hobbs. 

The thrifty family dressed in cosy winter clothes and appeared to recycle the same outfits they wore for their Christmas 2020 card (pictured)

The thrifty family dressed in cosy winter clothes and appeared to recycle the same outfits they wore for their Christmas 2020 card (pictured)

In the sweet video, Kate Middleton could be seen chasing Prince Louis around the garden of their Anmer Hall residence (pictured)

In the sweet video, Kate Middleton could be seen chasing Prince Louis around the garden of their Anmer Hall residence (pictured)

‘She is no stranger to re-wearing items, like the wine coloured jumper and Sezane blouse seen in some of the images, which was also sported on the family Christmas card. 

‘This inspires the public to recreate and emulate what she wears. There has been a pattern in her choices over the last year and that could be because of the pandemic. Kate has really upped her love and wear of high street fashion.’

The clip was posted to the @kensingtonroyal Instagram page with an accompanying message. 

It read: ‘Thank you to everyone for the kind messages on our wedding anniversary. We are enormously grateful for the 10 years of support we have received in our lives as a family. W & C’

According to celebrity stylist Rochelle White, Kate's (pictured, with Prince Louis) look is very relaxed and causal and with a mix of high street and designer fashion, it's 'very achievable'

According to celebrity stylist Rochelle White, Kate’s (pictured, with Prince Louis) look is very relaxed and causal and with a mix of high street and designer fashion, it’s ‘very achievable’

Alongside the video, the couple penned: 'Thank you to everyone for the kind messages on our wedding anniversary. We are enormously grateful for the 10 years of support we have received in our lives as a family. W & C' (pictured)

Alongside the video, the couple penned: ‘Thank you to everyone for the kind messages on our wedding anniversary. We are enormously grateful for the 10 years of support we have received in our lives as a family. W & C’ (pictured)

In the short video, Kate, Prince William, and their three children can be seen enjoying some downtime in the great outdoors.

With big smiles on their faces, the family-of-five enjoy some quality family time together, climbing the sand dunes on the beach, sitting around the campfire toasting marshmallows in the countryside and playing in the garden of their Anmer Hall residence.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose London-based filmmaker Will Warr to capture their tenth anniversary video montage.

All dressed in cosy winter clothes, the Cambridge’s can be seen recycling the same outfits they wore in their Christmas 2020 card. 

Kate Middleton wears the same trusty £475 knee-highs boots she’s had for 17 YEARS

These boots are made for keeping! Kate Middleton wears the same trusty £475 knee-highs she’s had for 17 YEARS during a farm visit with Prince William

  • Duchess of Cambridge wore a pair of leather knee high Penelope Chilvers boots
  • Kate, 39, first sported them to the Game Fair at Blenheim Palace in August 2004 
  • She visited Manor Farm near County Durham today, alongside Prince William

She’s famous for her love of recycling and the Duchess of Cambridge upheld her thrifty reputation today, during a visit to a farm with Prince William.

Kate, 39, donned a pair of £475 boots that she has owned for 17 years as she travelled up to Darlington to visit Manor Farm.

The Duchess cut a casual figure on the visit, opting to wear a £190 shooting jacket from Danish company Seeland with several of her favourite pieces, including a £195 cosy jumper from sustainable brand Troy London.

She also wore the pair of leather knee high Penelope Chilvers boots she has owned since before she joined the royal family.

Kate, 39, donned a pair of £475 boots that she has owned for 17 years as she travelled up to Darlington to visit Manor Farm today, pictured 

August, 2004: Kate was first spotted in the £475 brown boots at the Game Fair at Blenheim Palace in August 2004, pictured

August, 2004: Kate was first spotted in the £475 brown boots at the Game Fair at Blenheim Palace in August 2004, pictured

Kate was first seen sporting a pair of the distinctive brown long tassel boots at the Game Fair at Blenheim Palace in August 2004. 

The then Kate Middleton had just been thrust into the spotlight after news of her relationship with Prince William first emerged. The couple met as first-year students at St Andrews University.

The boots made another appearance exactly a year later as Kate attended the Gatcombe Festival of Eventing in Gloucestershire.

On that occasion she paired them with a pair of blue denim jeans, a green V-neck jumper and white shirt.

August, 2005: Just four years after meeting William as a first-year student at St Andrews and Kate was already in the spotlight. Pictured, in the Penelope Chilvers boots, denim jeans, shirt, jumper and jacket at the Gatcombe Festival, Gloucestershire 

August, 2005: Just four years after meeting William as a first-year student at St Andrews and Kate was already in the spotlight. Pictured, in the Penelope Chilvers boots, denim jeans, shirt, jumper and jacket at the Gatcombe Festival, Gloucestershire 

April, 2016: Posing at Bhutan's famous Tiger's Nest monastery, Kate beams  at William. On her feet are the Penelope Chilvers boots, which she wore on the three-hour hike to the beauty spot

April, 2016: Posing at Bhutan’s famous Tiger’s Nest monastery, Kate beams at William. On her feet are the Penelope Chilvers boots, which she wore on the three-hour hike to the beauty spot

She wore a brown jacket and carried a bag in a matching colour, topping off the look with a similarly coloured trilby.

As the Duchess of Cambridge found her feet in the royal family, the boots stayed in the cupboard – at least on public appearances.

They were next seen when Kate and William headed out for a three-hour trek in Bhutan.

Royal watchers noted how the duchess did well to finish the hike to the famous Tiger’s Nest monastery despite wearing jeans, a blouse and a khaki-coloured vest. 

September 2016: The boots once again made the perfect choice when Kate and William braved the wind and rain on an outing during their royal tour of Canada in September

September 2016: The boots once again made the perfect choice when Kate and William braved the wind and rain on an outing during their royal tour of Canada in September

October, 2018: The Duchess of Cambridge sported the boots by Penelope Chilvers as she visited the Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden at Paddington Recreation Ground in west London

October, 2018: The Duchess of Cambridge sported the boots by Penelope Chilvers as she visited the Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden at Paddington Recreation Ground in west London

However her Penelope Chilvers classics were certainly comfortable enough and the royal strode ahead with her husband.  

The boots once again made the perfect choice later that year when Kate and William braved the wind and rain on an outing during their royal tour of Canada in September. 

Kate opted for the practical look as she and William braved the elements on the remote Canadian island community of Bella Bella. 

It’s not clear whether Kate has had the same boots in her wardrobe for well over a decade or she’s so fond of them that she bought a second pair.

Other Penelope Chilvers fans include Claudia Schiffer, Alexa Chung, Keira Knightley and Cate Blanchett.

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