Most of the news coming out of Buckingham Palace in recent weeks has had to do with the upcoming wedding of Pippa Middleton.

So it’s interesting that just a few days ahead of the highly-publicized nuptials, the tabloid press has shifted its focus to the marriage of Pippa’s much more heavily-scrutinized older sister.

Kate Middleton and Prince William at the Marathon

After years of maintaining at least the appearance of quiet domestic contentment, Prince William and Kate Middleton hit their first public rough patch last month following allegations that William cheated on Kate during a rowdy vacation with his mates.

To be fair, most insider accounts claimed that Will stopped short of sleeping with the other woman, but Kate was reportedly less than thrilled by reports that he had been getting very friendly with an eager young blonde.

As with most royal matters, the whole thing was quickly swept under the rug, but that doesn’t mean all is well for Will and Kate.

According to a new report published today by Radar Online, Will and Kate are attending marriage counseling sessions in a desperate effort to repair their badly damaged relationship.

Kate Middleton Glares at William

“Of course it was all downplayed, but Kate was horrified and since then Will has been nothing short of a slave trying to make amends,” a source close to the couple tells Radar.

During the past month, Will and Kate have participated in a number of highly-publicized royal engagements, but the insider says that’s all part of an effort to create the illusion that all is well:

“All these publicity stunts and interviews are total deflections from the truth; Kate’s really struggling to forgive him,” the source claims.

“She was humiliated and part of their therapy is for him to make public gestures to repair the damage.”

Prince William and Kate Middleton Together

Of course, the culmination of this public apology tour will be Pippa’s wedding, where Kate and Will will be seated at the head table alongside several other prominent couples.

Interestingly, Prince Harry was always the family’s resident bad boy, but these days he’s reportedly planning to propose to Meghan Markle, and it’s Will who’s out there sowing his wild oats.

Maybe we’ve but judging the Ginger Prince unfairly all these years.

Or maybe Will was really better behaved the whole time and he’s simply in the throes of a premature midlife crisis.