Prince William and Kate Middleton’s relationship before they got married wasn’t perfect. In fact, they broke up a few times throughout their eight-year relationship before tying the knot in 2011. 

Now, there are reports that stated the two still ended up marrying each other because of the duchess’ younger sister Pippa Middleton. Express reported that it was the English socialite who brought the future Duke and Duchess of Cambridge back together after calling it quits for the second time.

The couple started dating in 2003 and in 2004, they broke up, but this did not last for long. They reconciled but split up again in 2007. In this second breakup, since they have been together for three years already, it was reported that Middleton did not take their separation well which means she was really brokenhearted. 

To make sure that her sister will not be depressed, Pippa moved in with Kate and live with her in Chelsea. The younger one helped her sister cope with the heartbreak by pushing her to go out more and hang out together with their friends. The media have been following Kate as she was Prince William’s ex so they were able to capture many photos of her while having fun or partying with Pippa. 

It was said that after seeing his ex-girlfriend on front pages of tabloids and magazine, always having a blast with her sister, Prince William became jealous thus he realized that he still loves Kate. As this happened, they finally reconciled and people were saying that Pippa played a big role for the exes to rekindle their relationship and later, they said it was part of Pippa’s plan after all and it worked.

In November 2010, Prince William announced their engagement but he proposed in October. According to Hello Magazine, the proposal took place in a log cabin in Kenya and they finally got married in April 2011 and it was watched by millions of people around the world. Today, Prince William and Kate Middleton were blessed with three adorable children and they are Prince George (7), Princess Charlotte (5) and Prince Louis (2). 

Donna Air, James Middleton and Pippa Middleton Donna Air, James Middleton and Pippa Middleton attend the inaugural Roll Out The Red Ball in aid of the British Heart Foundation at The Park Lane Hotel on February 10, 2015 in London, England. David M. Benett/Getty Images