We’re Still Not Over Britney Spears & Prince William’s “Cyber” Relationship

The Prince of Wales and the Princess of Pop even planned to meet up.

by Sam Ramsden and Sophie McEvoy
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Prince William in London, England, and Britney Spears in Los Angeles, California, both in 2002
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Now the heir apparent to the throne, Prince William has undergone a significant change in his status following the death of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. Now known by his father’s previously held title, the Prince of Wales, William currently has all eyes on him. With people looking at the royal’s past as they think of his future, his email history with a certain Ms. Britney Spears is trending once more.

Royal biographer, Christopher Andersen first resurfaced the old tale in Dec. 2021, when he included the fun fact in his tell-all book, Brothers and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan. Talking to Us Weekly, the author claimed that Prince William and Spears had “tried to get together back when they were young,” before William began dating his now-wife Kate Middleton in 2003.

Andersen also stated that, although Wills and Spears were in contact, the relationship never actually went anywhere. “There may have been phone conversations, but I don’t recall that they ever actually managed to get together during that period,” he told the publication.

Andersen’s words are largely backed up by Spears’ 2002 interview on ITV’s Frank Skinner Show, during which the “Toxic” hitmaker disclosed that she and the future king had “exchanged emails for a little bit.” The mum-of-two explained: “He was supposed to come and see me somewhere, but it didn’t work out, so that was it.” Admitting there were no hard feelings over the no-show, Spears noted: “He’s a busy guy.” According to the singer, the entire interaction was “blown out of proportion,” seemingly by the media.

Pop princess Spears isn’t the only high-profile figure to have been linked to the senior royal. Andersen also claimed to Us Weekly that William enjoyed a “similar cyber relationship” with the niece of President George W. Bush, model Lauren Bush.

The royal biographer also suggested that before conversing with Spears, a young Prince William had a thing for the model and actor, Cindy Crawford. “I think it’s very cute,” Andersen commented, adding that William’s mother, the late Princess Diana, “arranged for a meeting” between the pair after learning of his celebrity crush.”

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