She got along well with William’s friends Fergus Boyd, an Eton classmate, and Olli Chadwick-Healey.
They were part of a group known as the Sally’s boys, which also included Ali Coutts-Wood, Graham Booth, Charlie Nelson, and Oli Baker, who would later share a house with William and Kate.
Every morning he and his friends sat in the same place, next to the head table, where a crimson throne and 18 seats were reserved for the wardens and deans.
The impressive ground-floor dining hall was decorated with heavy oil paintings of philosophers from the Scottish Enlightenment and beautiful stained-glass windows, and there was always a cooked breakfast available.
He joined the water-polo team and would swim most mornings at the luxury Old Course Hotel with Kate.
He also cycled along the North Sea and in the evening occasionally dropped into the student union for a game of pool.
She was the 18-year-old daughter of Major Nicholas Musgrave, who managed the Cirencester Park Polo Club, and they had known each other since they were little.
As she walked through the house party at the van Cutsems’ family home, William did a double take.
Andrews, when Arabella Musgrave first caught his eye.
Unlike the hordes of made-up, pashmina-clad undergraduates who devoted their time to stalking William, Carley was happy to stay in and cook for him, and their romance was so beneath the radar it was reported only years after they had both graduated.
Their affair was to be short-lived, however, and ended somewhat stickily when Carley told William he had to make a decision between her and Arabella Musgrave, a young woman hundreds of miles away who seemed to be proving something of a distraction.
It was very much a university thing, just a regular university romance.” They discussed plays and literature, and Carley told William all about her home life in Devon.
Other evenings they would enjoy pints of cider at the Castle pub, on North Street, and play board games or enjoy dinner parties with their friends. Andrews, so we tended to go to pubs and bars, and there was always a good dinner party going on,” recalled Carley.
Andrews, which is considered one of the best in the United Kingdom, appealed to the prince, who was keen to postpone royal engagements for as long as possible. Salvator’s Hall, his home for the next year, on the crisp morning of September 23, 2001.