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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

British Tabloids Speculate on Prince William's Split

LONDON -- British newspapers devoted page after page on Sunday to speculation over why Prince William's romance with Kate Middleton ended, with one saying Queen Elizabeth had told him: "We don't want another Diana."

An official spokesman for William, eldest son of the late Princess Diana, said: "We will not discuss the prince's private life."

Britain's best-selling Sunday newspaper, News of the World, said Queen Elizabeth had told the second in line to the throne at a secret "royal summit" not to rush into anything he might regret.

Friends of William, who first met Middleton in 2001 while at university in Scotland and began dating her in 2003, shrugged off suggestions that there had been any family meeting or that his grandparents had told him to end the romance.

Middleton, the eldest child of middle-class entrepreneurs who had won plaudits for her dress sense and poise, was widely favored to be Britain's next queen.

News of the World said William's grandfather Prince Philip had told him to commit -- or walk away.

The Sunday Telegraph said it was William's father, Prince Charles, whose ill-fated relationship to Diana rocked the royal family, who had told his son not to keep Middleton hanging on if he had doubts about the relationship.

The Sunday Mail put the story on its first seven pages and said Middleton, the daughter of a former air stewardess, did not have a sufficiently upper class background to become queen.

The Sunday Mirror also plugged that line, saying Middleton's mother was simply "not posh enough for royals." It said she had raised eyebrows by saying "toilet" instead of "lavatory" and by not addressing Queen Elizabeth properly on their first meeting.

Outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair told the BBC that the couple should be left in peace.

"In respect of Prince William, they're a young couple. We've had the announcement. Fine. They should be left alone without reams of stuff being written that I can assure you from my experience ... most of which will be complete nonsense."

There has so far been no official announcement about the split.

The Sun, the tabloid that broke the news on Saturday, said the relationship had been strained since William graduated from Sandhurst military academy last December at a ceremony attended by Middleton.

It said the couple had reached "an amicable agreement" to end their relationship.