Kate Middleton, the girlfriend of Britain’s Prince William, had her affections rebuffed by a future pop star when she was a schoolgirl.

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The 26-year-old beauty, who has been dating William since 2003, was knocked back by Teatro singer Andrew Alexander after she asked him out in the playground at Berkshire’s St. Andrew’s Preparatory School, in Pangbourne.

Andrew told the Daily Mail newspaper: “I was only 10 years old and Kate was so mature at the time. When she asked me out I remember being flushed all of a sudden and getting tongue-tied. I think I caused myself more embarrassment than I caused her. If she asked me now I wouldn’t hesitate to say yes.”

Andrew and Kate also performed together in a stage production of the musical My Fair Lady while pupils at the school. Kate went on to study at Scotland’s University of St. Andrews, which is where she met William.

It has recently been reported the 25-year-old prince will propose to Kate after he completes his military service next year.