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Britney Spears could have been the future Queen of England!
In a 2002 interview, Spears told talk show host Frank Skinner that she and William had a “cyber relationship” and that the pair had communicated via email during their teenage years. The then 20-year-old pop star revealed she invited the Prince of Wales to dinner while she was visiting London, but he never showed up.
“We exchanged emails for a little while and he was supposed to come and see me somewhere but it didn’t work out,” she said at the time, according to the Daily Mail. “You were blown away by Prince William?” Skinner asked, and Spears replied, “Yeah.”
The Daily Mail reported that Buckingham Palace denied rumors in the early 2000s about the “princess of pop’s” relationship with William.
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Spears was thriving in her career at the time and toured the UK in the early 2000s. At the time of the interview, the “Toxic” singer was in a relationship with Justin Timberlake. The couple separated at the end of 2002.
William started dating his wife, Princess Kate, in 2003. The future King of England recently came under fire on social media after a the video went viral showing William’s apparent lack of chivalry with Middleton, while Prince Harry was praised for his treatment of his wife Meghan Markle.
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As the two couples prepared to leave the massive crowds outside Windsor Castle gathering to pay their respects to the Queen, Prince Harry was seen leading his wife to their shared car, carefully opening and closing the door to her, while the Prince and Princess of Wales entered the carriage separately.
Fans eviscerated the elder monarch, with one Twitter user simply writing, “Harry is holding the car door open for his wife. Make sure she’s safe. Wills doesn’t. Case closed.”
Several users have reflected on the incident, drawing comparisons between William and his father, King Charles III, with Harry and his mother, the late Diana.
One user wrote: “Harry is a gentleman. William acts like his father though.” Another person added, “Harry is a real king and son of Diana. (sic) Look how much he cares (sic) for his wife.”
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The royal family has not commented on the public debate over William’s knighthood.
Kate, born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, met Prince William when they both attended the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 2001. After being friends for a while, they eventually became a couple. They’ve been together ever since, except for a very short two-month breakup in 2007.
The couple married in front of millions of spectators around the world on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey. They share three children: Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4.
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After William’s future role as king, Prince George is next in line for the throne.
Fox News’ Ashlyn Messier contributed to this report.