KATE Middleton is one of the most popular members of the Royal Family and celebrating 10 years married to Prince William this week – but she didn’t always have the Queen’s full approval.
Before Prince William popped the question to his university sweetheart the Queen is said to have had a few concerns – mainly over Kate’s lack of a job.
The Queen is said to have had concerns over Kate not having a job before she married Prince WilliamCredit: Getty – Contributor
According to 2011 book “The Making of a Royal Romance” by Katie Nicholl the Queen wanted Prince William to hold back on proposing to Kate until she had established a career.
Katie wrote: “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.
“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.”
A source told the royal guru: “Swanning from one five-star holiday resort to another is not the prerequisite for a young woman possibly destined to be Queen.”
The couple met at St Andrews university, where he studied geography and she was doing a history of art degreeCredit: Handout – Getty
After university, Kate went on to work for Jigsaw and the family’s business, Party PiecesCredit: Rex Features
After meeting at St Andrews, Prince William and Kate dated for a number of years after their studies.
Kate went on to do some work for fashion house Jigsaw and with her family’s business, Party Pieces, whereas Prince William followed a military career.
The Queen is said to have advised Kate to get involved with some charities and the duchess started working for Starlight, which helps terminally ill children.
In 2007, the couple did briefly split but reunited shortly after and married in 2011.
Camilla Parker-Bowles is also said to have wanted Prince Charles’ eldest son to break up with “pretty but dim” Kate, partly because of her “lowly” roots.
Kate after her brief split from Prince William in 2007Credit: Rex Features
The couple announced their engagement in 2010 and tied the knot in April 2011Credit: Reuters
Speaking about their mutually agreed break-up in their engagement interview the couple admitted it was for the best.
William said: “We were both very young, it was at university and we were both finding ourselves and being different characters and stuff.
“It was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up.”
The couple have now welcomed Prince George, five, Prince Charlotte, three, and Prince Louis, seven months.
The family live in the plush Apartment 1A residence at Kensington Palace which has a gym, grand piano and lift to the staff quarters.
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