Queen had ‘grave concerns’ about Kate and William’s engagement says expert
Kate Middleton’s role in William’s ‘destiny’ discussed by expert
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge publicly revealed their engagement in November 2010. The royal couple will be celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary today after they married on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey.
Kate and William met while studying at St. Andrew’s University in Scotland between 2001 and 2005.
However, despite being university sweethearts, Her Majesty is said to have had some reservations about the Cambridges’ engagement.
In the 2011 book ‘The Making of a Royal Romance’, author Katie Nicholl claims the Queen wanted her grandson to postpone the engagement to Kate until she had established a career.
Ms Nicholl 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 author: “Swanning from one five-star holiday resort to another is not the prerequisite for a young woman possibly destined to be Queen.”
After leaving university, Kate worked for the fashion house Jigsaw and with her family’s business, Party Pieces.
Her Majesty is said to have advised the Duchess to work with some charities.
Kate went on to work with the charity Starlight which helps terminally ill children.
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In 2007, the couple did take a break from each other for a few months.
Later in 2010, when the couple announced their engagement in an interview, William said: “We were both very young, it was at university.
“We were both finding ourselves as such and being different characters and stuff.
“It was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up, it was a bit of space and a bit of things like that and it worked out for the better.”
Since their royal wedding, the Cambridges had three children together – Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, three.
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