When Prince William chose to go to St. Andrews University instead of Cambridge or Oxford, it was a bit of a surprise. Tucked away on the water in a small town in Scotland, the ancient university is prestigious, but had not educated a future king.
The year he signed on applications shot up 44 percent, female students from America making up the greatest influx. Some of whom no doubt were hoping to catch the prince's eye.
Just one of the entries to the current media frenzy is a movie starring Kate and Will lookalikes that focuses on the early years of their relationship at the school.
So does it tell the real story?
Who better to ask than Camilla McFarland, daughter of Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland. Camilla is a student there now and has watched all the action up close.
Camilla's friend, who was a student at the time, served as William's "academic parent." Here in the states this would be like a "big brother." The friend described her "academic offspring" as a very regular guy, unassuming, very sweet, and someone who just wanted to get involved with the school like everyone else.
Of course, he was not just a regular guy. St. Andrews had to take on the enormous task of dealing with the security detail that would be part of the arrangement, while at the same time trying to ensure that William would be free to enjoy college and his work without the interruption of paparazzi.
Since it was just three years after Diana's death and knowing that the princes believed the media was responsible for their mother's tragic accident, in an uncharacteristic move, Fleet Street complied with the Palace's request to leave William be during college. Kate and William lived in a cottage with other friends and by their own admission fell in love and have basically lived together ever since.
This unusual deal was a great gift to William and Kate, allowing them to date and get to know each other away from the watchful eye of the media.
But all that is over now.
Right after the engagement on February 25, their first appearance together was on familiar turf. They returned to St. Andrews to celebrate the school's 600th anniversary. Camilla McFarland was there watching on as the couple was greeted by adoring crowds and bagpipes to welcome them home.
Camilla says social life at St. Andrews is very different from U.S. college life. Instead of going to bars and clubs on the weekends, students host dinner parties with about 10 to 15 guests. There is lots of conversation, usually over a bottle wine. It was at one of these dinner parties that William is thought to have first met his future wife.
But, we all know, it wasn't until Kate walked the catwalk in the infamous sheer black dress when William really noticed her. The Don't Walk Charity Fashion Show is now one of the biggest events on campus, so all the students know just how and when Kate caught William's eye.
Camilla says St. Andrews is a small, close-knit community. William lived in the same flats where Camilla's friends live now, nothing fancy. The only difference? There were bullet-proof windows for William.
So were people at St. Andrews surprised to hear the engagement announcement? Not really, says Camilla. Known to be Britain's top match-making university, 60-75 percent of students end up marrying fellow classmates down the road. So, Camilla said, it all made sense. Even now, Camilla's friends go to dinner parties thinking, "Maybe I'll meet my husband!"
Maybe they will. After all, Kate Middleton did.
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