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Prince William ‘learned lessons’ before his Kate Middleton relationship sparked meltdown

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The Duke of Cambridge’s tour of Scotland finished last week, and although some critics have claimed some north of the border had not realised he and his wife Kate Middleton had visited, fans praised their warmth and humour. The couple recently celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary and during their tour in Scotland, Kate and William visited the University of St Andrews which is where they first met. They also went for a quiet meal in a local restaurant which ended up being packed with a crowd who heard that the royals were in town. The tour faced criticism from the Scottish press but, he may not be that concerned because, for him, at least the negativity is not on his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

In the documentary ‘Kate Middleton: Working Class to Windsor’ royal commentator, Duncan Larcombe, further explained why William much preferred to avoid a media frenzy before he met Kate.

Mr Larcombe said: “What you have with William is someone who has learned lessons.

“And there is nothing really any of those men in grey suits at Clarence House could genuinely tell William that he doesn’t already know about the press.

“And he understands the media, he understands that as a royal you’re never going to be elected but that doesn’t mean that public opinion isn’t incredibly important to you and your longevity.

“He is very very open and willing to forge relationships with the press but he wants it on his terms and does not want a repeat of what happened to Princess Diana.”

The 38-year-old is also the Lord High Commissioner of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and gave an opening speech.

When addressing the Assembly – which also had Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, in attendance, William gave a speech that described his relationship with the country.

He said: “I was in Balmoral when I was told that my mother had died.

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Still in shock, I found sanctuary in the service at Crathie Kirk that very morning and in the dark days of grief that followed, I found comfort and solace in the Scottish outdoors.

“Alongside this painful memory is one of great joy because it was here in Scotland, 20 years ago this year, that I first met Catherine.

“Needless to say the town where you meet your future wife holds a very special place in your heart.”

However, his speech was heavily criticised by royal broadcaster Dr Tessa Dunlop, who accused William of “love bombing” Scotland because the monarchy could be at risk should Scottish people vote for independence.

In a column written for the Daily Mail, Dr Dunlop accused William of “taking cues” from “his younger brother’s emotional playbook”.

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