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. Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis’ parents dated on and off for around eight years before William popped the question. While the Queen is now believed to be very fond of the Duchess of Cambridge, she did have “grave concerns” about Kate in 2008, two years before her engagement was announced.
According to 2011 book “The Making of a Royal Romance” by Katie Nicholl, the Queen 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 the monarch knew “little of the girl who had enchanted her grandson”.
Ms Nicholls claimed: “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.”