Kate Middleton's girls' trip amid heartbreak over Prince William

Kate Middleton jetted off on a heartbreak trip when she and Prince William broke up

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Kate Middleton once flew to Dublin for a girls' trip with her mother and close friends after splitting up with Prince William back in 2007.

After finding romance and living together at St Andrews University in Scotland as students, Kate Middleton and Prince William hit a rocky road in their relationship after graduating, with William calling time on the coupling. 

Kate was working as a Accessories Buyer at fashion brand, Jigsaw, when Prince William ended things with her over the phone. Having reportedly been left devastated by the break up, Kate jetted off to Dublin. 

Joined by Carole Middleton and some close friends, Kate spent some time away in Ireland to help with the heartache before the news had even been made public, the Express reports. 

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Kate and William rekindled their love after the brief split and William went on to pop the question in 2010 during a romantic trip to Kenya. 

The pair, who have recently moved to Windsor's Adelaide Cottage with the three Cambridge children in order to be near the Queen, touched on the short break during their iconic engagement interview. 

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Opening up about how much the situation hurt her, Kate admitted that she also "really valued" the time apart from William. 

"I think at the time, I wasn’t very happy about it but actually it made me stronger person. You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn’t realised," she explained. 

"I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you’re younger and you know I really valued that for me as well, although I didn’t think at the time."

Caitlin Elliott
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Caitlin is News Editor for woman&home, covering all things royal, celeb, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Caitlin started on local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree. She also worked in Fashion PR as a Press Assistant for Arcadia's Topshop before becoming a part of the Now team. Caitlin went on to add the likes of Woman, GoodtoKnow, WhatToWatch and woman&home to her writing repertoire before moving on to her current role.