Britain’s Prince William had to cancel his Valentine’s Day (14.02.08) plans with girlfriend Kate Middleton because he was ordered to stay on his RAF base.

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The 25-year-old prince, who is currently undertaking a four-month pilot training with the Royal Air Force (RAF) in North Yorkshire, was told he would not be granted permission to leave RAF Linton-on-Ouse to meet up with the brunette.

A source close to the couple told Britain’s The People newspaper: “He thought he could slip out for a meal but the RAF wanted everyone to stay on base.

“Kate was going to drive to meet him halfway in Lincolnshire. Instead, they sent cards and exchanged gifts this weekend.”

William is keen to impress his RAF bosses and despite Kate’s insistence they should meet to celebrate the traditionally romantic day he was unwilling to rebel.

The source added: “His bosses want him to focus and he wants to impress.”

Meanwhile, Kate’s friends are reportedly worried she will follow in the footsteps of William’s mother Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, and become a lonely ‘military wife’.

One friend commented to Britain’s Sunday Express newspaper: “If she’s not careful, Kate is in danger of falling into the trap Diana and Fergie did.

They had the fairytale wedding and dreamed of wedded bliss but the reality was that theirs were never going to be conventional marriages.

“When Prince Andrew went off on Royal Navy duties, Sarah felt completely deserted. A lot of Diana’s problems stemmed from the fact she was terribly lonely without Charles.”