Prince William has split from his girlfriend Kate Middleton, following intense media pressure and speculation about a possible engagement.
The pair met at university
Here is a selection of quotes about the couple's break-up:
I just don't think she had the breeding quite honestly and I'm not being snooty I'm being factual.
Royal commentator James Whittaker
He's a 24-year-old red blooded male... and 24 is a young age to be settled down when there are plenty other bits of fun to be having around the world.
Executive Director Society of Editors, Bob Satchwell
Maybe she realised the awful burden she would have taken
on, it's a life sentence marrying a royal.
Hello Magazine correspondent Judy Wade
Most people at that age are thinking about things like, we need
to look for a mortgage, but she's got MI5 helping her with bodyguards.
Psychologist Linda Papadopoulos
It may be that she's said marry me or I'm going to dump you.
Editor-in-Chief of Majesty magazine Ingrid Seward
It's the biggest kiss and tell in the history of kiss and tells... my
instinct tells me that there is somebody else in the background.
PR guru Max Clifford
They had four years together away from the royal circus, they
lived a normal kind of life.
Royal biographer Penny Junor
We are as shocked as everyone else, if rather more relieved than most, as we were preparing to pay out over £50,000 to punters who had backed the couple to wed.
Spokesman for bookmakers William Hill, Rupert Adams
Neither my client nor her family will be talking to the press or media or commenting on or off the record relating to the matters publicised this morning.
Kate Middleton's lawyer
This relationship formed in a media-free zone (at
university) but of course since then Kate has been under intense
pressure from paparazzi photographers. She really was at her wits end.
Sun photographer, Arthur Edwards