Kate Middleton reportedly took time off work to 'mend her broken heart' following her split from Prince William, and now psychologists have supported doing so.
Although the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary in April this year, in 2007 royal fans were rocked when the young couple broke up.
Rumours at the time suggested that Kate was looking to settle down but William was struggling to accept giving up his freedom.
Royal expert Katie Nicholl writes in her biographer of Kate, Kate: The Future Queen, that she was forced to take a week of compassionate leave from work to get over the heartbreak, reports OK!.
Though it may seem like an extreme measure, leading psychologist Dr Alison McClymont has said that in some cases, breakups do “feel like a bereavement” and that taking time off work to grieve a relationship is a sensible thing to do.
She said: “The end of a relationship can feel like a bereavement due to the possibility this end may mean we never see the person again.
“We now feel the plans we made for our future have been cut short and the life you envisaged for yourself has to change.”
Given that the couple had been together for four years prior to their separation and had known each other for six, it’s no surprise that the 39-year-old was left feeling immensely sad.
“This can make it difficult to sleep, eat or concentrate, in this circumstance it can be good to take time to dedicate to your own self-care,” Dr McClymont continued.
“You need to take time to process your loss and begin to accept the finality of the decision – as unjust as it may seem.”
After Kate was spotted attending the Concert for Diana in July that same year, the couple appeared to be in a happier place and their reconciliation was all but confirmed.
William and Kate reflected on their rocky past following the announcement of their engagement in 2010, with Kate admitting that, despite her unhappiness, taking a break was a healthy thing to do.
Speaking of the split, she said: “At the time I wasn’t very happy about it, but actually it made me a stronger person, you find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn’t realised.”
William agreed: “It was just sort of a bit of space and a bit of things like that, and it worked out for the better.”
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