It wasn't too long before Kate got to experience a royal wedding, though.In May 2006, she attended the nuptials of the Duchess of Cornwall's daughter Laura Parker Bowles and her husband – Calvin Klein underwear model turned accountant Harry Lopes."They're an item," confirmed a close friend, as Clarence House said: "It is not our policy to discuss the nature of Prince William's relationships with his friends.It wouldn't be fair on him or them." Another year, another ski break for the sporty pair – and despite widespread speculation that she would attend Prince Charles' wedding to the Duchess of Cornwall later that month, Kate was left off the guest list.
The future King and his love first crossed paths the previous year, in September 2001, when they arrived to begin their new lives in the Scottish city of Fife.It was their first appearance together at a family wedding and seen by royal watchers as a sign that Kate was gearing up to be a permanent fixture in William's life.William also took the opportunity to quash speculation of an engagement between him and his girlfriend during a press call (pictured) on the slopes.Responding to a question about whether another royal wedding might be on the horizon, he answered with an emphatic "no".
Four months after romance blossomed between the pair, a ski break in Klosters confirmed that Prince William was indeed enjoying his first ever serious relationship with this pretty brunette.She was reported to have spent several weekends at a remote cottage on the Queen's Balmoral estate and taken painstaking steps to keep their budding closeness under wraps.