THE Queen branded Kate Middleton “unacceptable” prior to her engagement to Prince William because she did not have a job or career, a royal expert has claimed.
Kate Middleton and Prince William finally announced their engagement in 2010 after an eight-year romance. Prior to the Duke of Cambridge popping the question, the couple endured years of speculation they were getting married, especially when their time at St Andrews University ended. Shortly after graduating, the parents of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were hit with a wave of rumours from the press they were planning to get married.
Amid the speculation, the Queen is believed to have known very “little of the girl who had enchanted her grandson”.
According to 2011 book “The Making of a Royal Romance” by Katie Nicholl, the Queen also did not want William to propose to his long-term girlfriend until she had a job.
The royal expert explained: “Privately she [the Queen] had grave concerns and believed that Kate needed to have a job and an identity in her own right before an engagement was announced.”
At the time, the Queen and Kate were believed to have met several times at formal occasions but had never had a one-on-one meeting.
That a future member of the royal family was without a full-time job was unacceptable to her
“She [the Queen] is one of the hardest working royals, despite her age, and that a future member of the royal family was without a full-time job was unacceptable to her,” Ms Nicholl explained.
A source reportedly told the royal expert: “It is Her Majesty’s opinion that if Kate is one day going to be William’s consort, then she needs a proper job.”
They went on to add: “Swanning from one five-star holiday resort to another is not the prerequisite for a young woman possibly destined to be Queen.”
The Queen is said to have advised Kate to get involved with charities.
Following this, Kate started working with Starlight, a charity for terminally ill children.
Kate’s career experience included working for fashion house Jigsaw and later with her family on their fancy dress business Party Pieces.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK