The Duchess of Cambridge was left stung by Her Majesty’s criticism of her frivolous displays of wealth. While Britain was in the midst of a recession.
According to author Katie Nicholl, Queen Elizabeth expressed her grave concerns over Kate Middleton not having a full-time job two years before she got engaged to William.
In fact, she found her lavish London lifestyle unpalatable. Before she married into the royal family, Kate lived in the exclusive London neighbourhood of Chelsea with her sister, Pippa.
Her life that time was quite different.
But while she was working part-time for her parents’ business ‘Party Pieces’, Kate enjoyed frequent holidays with Prince William. She was mostly making the most of London’s nightclub scene. In her biography, Nicholl wrote: “If Kate was not with William at Balmoral, then the couple were skiing or holidaying on Mustique. Kate was there so often the press dubbed her ‘Queen of Mustique'”.
Also read: Meghan Markle And Kate Middleton Feud: Queen Elizabeth Has Reached Her Limit.
Queen Elizabeth’s younger sister Margaret famously enjoyed lavish holidays on the Caribbean island. She would often host parties at her private villa. However, the Queen found the future Duchess’ jet-setting lifestyle increasingly problematic. And at the time, Britain was going through a recession. Katie added:-
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“Britain was now in recession and such frivolous displays of wealth were unpalatable to Her Majesty. She is one of the hardest-working royals. And seeing that a future member of the family was without a full-time job was simply unacceptable to her”.
And so, unsurprisingly, Kate was stung by Queen Elizabeth’s criticism.
After being advised not to publicly react to the Queen’s comments by Clarence House, Kate did reveal things. She revealed that she was working for her parent’s multi-million pound company as a photographer.
Following this, Katie claims: “A black-and-white photograph of Kate Middleton was posted on the company website. However, it was deemed a step too far and within weeks it had been removed. Her Majesty had quietly suggested that Kate affiliate herself with a charity. And, by September, she was involved with Starlight, which works with seriously ill children”.