Kate Middleton and Prince William will forever be grateful to one of their friends who was reportedly responsible for bringing the couple together after they split in 2007.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a tweet congratulating jockey Sam Waley-Cohen on winning the Grand National at Aintree during his last horse race against 50-1 odds.
“Huge congratulations to @swaleycohen on winning the Grand National,” they wrote. “What a way to retire!”
Not only do the couple personally know Sam, who also attended their royal wedding in 2011, but the jockey is rumored to have been responsible for bringing the couple together after they split in 2007.
Kate and Prince William met as freshmen at the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2001 and became friends before their relationship turned romantic. But they had a brief break in 2007.
Friends of the couple who spoke to PEOPLE at the time said there was no last moment, but a gradual unraveling. Kate, however, was ready to commit and William was not ready to settle down.
Sam, according to the Daily Mail, invited both Kate and Prince William to a “Freakin Naughty”-themed party at his family’s 17th-century mansion in Oxfordshire, where William wore shorts and a police helmet while Kate stood by. dressed as a nurse They reconnected at the party and were seen chatting. Just a few weeks later, they were vacationing together in the Seychelles.
While many credit Sam with bringing Prince William and Kate Middleton back together, he has been coy about his role in the past. Fans love the idea of someone bringing the lovebirds back together, but they themselves get much more together.