The Queen is said to have had “grave concerns” over Prince William’s girlfriend Kate Middleton before they announced their engagement.
Kate Middleton and Prince William, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, announced their engagement in 2010 and married at Westminster Abbey in 2011.
The royal parents of 3, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louiise dated on and off for around eight years before William popped the question.
While Her Majesty is now believed to be very fond of Kate, she did have grave concerns about her in 2008. It was two years before her engagement was announced.
What were all those concerns?
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According to a 2011 book ‘The Making of a Royal Romance’ by Katie Nicholl, Queen Elizabeth did not want her eldest grandson to propose to his long-term girlfriend until she had a job.
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The royal expert explained:-
“Privately she 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, Her Majesty and Kate Middleton were believed to have met several times at formal occasions. But, the monarch knew little of the girl who had enchanted her grandson.
Nicholl also claimed that:-
“She is one of the hardest working royals, despite her age. And a future member of the royal family was without a full-time job, was just unacceptable to her”.
A source reportedly told Ms Nicholl: “It is the Queen’s opinion that if Kate Middleton is one day going to be William’s consort, then she needs a proper job”.
“Swanning from one five-star holiday resort to another is not the prerequisite for a young woman possibly destined to be the Queen”.
It is believed that the Queen suggested to Kate she gets involved with charity work.
This led her to start working with Starlight, a charity for terminally ill children. The Duchess of Cambridge worked briefly at fashion house Jigsaw before moving on to work with her family on their business.