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Prince William and Kate Middleton to split?

Speculation is ripe that Prince William and his girlfriend Kate Middleton may soon split after it has emerged that she will have to wait for another eight years to marry the second-in-line to the British throne

world Updated: Oct 07, 2008 16:19 IST

Speculation is ripe that Prince William and his girlfriend Kate Middleton may soon split after it has emerged that she will have to wait for another eight years to marry the second-in-line to the British throne.

Though the couple have planned to tie the knot next year, William's decision to join the Royal Air Force means that Kate would have to wait until 2016 to hear wedding bells, the 'Daily Star' reported.

In fact, according to sources, Middleton was stunned last night after he decided to put his RAF career ahead of his six-year relationship with her.

The 26-year-old will spend 18 months training to be a pilot from January. He will then be asked to commit to another six years in RAF considered crucial to make the one million pounds training worthwhile.

According to an insider, William will not marry until he has finished his training. And Kate is also unlikely to want to move with him to any of the six remote Search And Rescue bases around Britain.

Moreover, a house tipped as their future home has now been put up for rent in an apparent sign that they will not be settling down any time soon.

A palace spokesman confirmed that tenants were being sought for the five million pounds property on the Duchy of Cornwall's Harewood Park Estate, Herefordshire.

"Kate will ultimately have to decide not only whether she's happy to wait, but also if she's happy to be a military wife. William will be putting his career first," the unnamed insider was quoted as saying.