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Royal split: New 'details' emerge

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• Middleton was the target of "cruel taunts" in royal circles during the relationship
• Middleton is expected to decline a multi-million dollar deal to sell her story
• British PM Blair says they should be left alone in an interview to the BBC
By Zein Basravi for CNN
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- The British media continued Monday to pick at the bones of Prince William's broken romance, eager for anything fit to print, everyone claiming to know "what really happened."

The prince and longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton have been under the microscope before but their break up over the weekend sparked a media frenzy and wild speculation in the country's newspapers over the split showed no sign of abating.

The appetite for details has been insatiable in Britain, where the paparazzi often lead the news pack and competition among tabloids is fierce. (Watch how the UK press has reacted to the breakup Video)

In the absence of any official comment, reports blamed pressure from the queen, a relationship turned sour and the prince's army career for ending the five year romance which many had forecast would result in marriage. (Gallery: Before the split)

'Cruel taunts'

The Daily Star reported "cruel taunts" played a part in the break up. According to the report, Middleton, whose mother worked as an air hostess, was considered far too common for the prince and was targeted in royal circles for her family's humble beginnings.

According to an "exclusive" in the Daily Mirror, the prince ended the four year relationship over the phone after consulting with his father, Prince Charles, who said it would be unfair to string Middleton along unless marriage was in the cards.

Another "exclusive" in the Sun, the paper that broke the story on Saturday, reported that the couple decided to part ways after a "heart-to-heart" they had on skiing holiday in the Swiss Alps.

The two have been friends for a long time and according to various reports in the media, are said to have parted ways on good terms. They are expected to remain good friends and while Middleton is said to have been offered £5 million ($10 million) to kiss and tell, she is expected to turn down the deal.

Commentators have been speculating on Middleton's future in the media since the story broke. Many expect she will seek a respite from the public eye and eventually use her celebrity status and good looks to secure a high-profile career in the world of business or fashion.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair chimed in on Sunday when he was a guest on BBC's "The Politics Show," calling for the media and the public to give the two breathing room.

"They're a young couple. We've had the announcement. Fine. They should be left alone," said Blair.

Prince William and Kate Middleton pictured together in February.


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