Middleton first met Prince William while she was studying at the University of St Andrews in 2001. The couple has been in a relationship over a period of last eight years with two brief splits as the only halts. Compared to Kate-William courtship which lasted over 8 years, Diana-Charles affair was really short.
Even though the Prince had known Diana for several years, they got romantically involved only a year before their wedding. Diana was accepted by the royal family and the Prince proposed her on February 1981.
The marriage of William and Middleton, both 28, will take place in the spring or summer of 2011, 30 years after Charles's spectacular but ultimately ill-fated wedding to Diana.
Diana was the most photographed woman in the world and haunted throughout her life by paparazzi's who eventually caused her tragic death. Kate Middleton too has complained about harassment from the media saying it's affecting her privacy.
Diana was not good with her studies, but had a real taste for music. She excelled in piano and other extracurricular activities like swimming, ballet etc. She worked as a preschool assistant and dance trainer before her wedding with Charles.
Kate used to work as an accessory buyer with the clothing chain Jigsaw.Later she gave up the job to become a professional photographer. She was even introduced to photographer Mario Testino, who is famous for his iconic Diana portraits.