Kate Middleton Had These Totally Normal Jobs Before Joining the Royal Family
It’s hard to imagine a time when Kate Middleton wasn’t better known as the Duchess of Cambridge. From the moment fans admired her walking down the aisle at her royal wedding in 2011, she immediately became known as a royal icon.
Middleton’s popularity in the royal family isn’t without good reason. Aside from her killer fashion sense, she constantly inspires by working hard in her royal duties. Her efforts to modernize royalty, all while passionately working with charities and organizations, have made her the perfect addition to the family.
There was a time, however, when Middleton was still just a commoner. And as a commoner, she held some shockingly normal jobs that we could never picture her doing today. After graduating from the University of St. Andrews in 2005 with an art history degree, these are the jobs Middleton had before becoming a royal.
She worked for her family’s business, Party Pieces
Even though Middleton had an art degree, her first job out of college was for her family’s business, Party Pieces. The company, which sells party supplies, surely provided Middleton with some of the work ethic that she continues to put into practice as a duchess.
Apparently, Middleton played a major role in the business. Middleton’s mother, Carole Middleton, shared on the official Party Pieces website in 2017, “It is still very much a family business today, and over the years all my children have played a huge part in it from modelling for the catalogue to developing new categories for the brand.”
She continued, “James established our personalised cakes, Catherine started the 1st birthday side of the business, and Pippa developed the Party Pieces blog.”
She worked as a part-time accessories buyer
After she contributed to her family’s business, Middleton took on a part-time position as an accessories buyer with the British retail company, Jigsaw. Her position wasn’t exactly as powerful as it sounds, however. Her responsibilities were the equivalent to most personal assistants, including running errands and going on coffee runs. According to Elle, she worked at Jigsaw until 2007.
Middleton was already dating Prince William at the time
Keep in mind that throughout Middleton’s totally normal experiences in the workforce, she was already gaining popularity as Prince William’s girlfriend. They went public with their relationship in 2004, before they ever graduated from St. Andrews together.
Luckily, according to Belle Robinson (the cofounder of Jigsaw), dating the prince didn’t seem to get to her head. In 2008, Robinson explained how Middleton managed to balance her “normal” life and introduction to royal life.
“I have to say I was so impressed by her,” she spilled. “There were days when there were TV crews at the end of the drive. We’d say: ‘Listen, do you want to go out the back way?’ And she’d say: ‘To be honest, they’re going to hound us until they’ve got the picture. So why don’t I just go, get the picture done, and then they’ll leave us alone.'”
“I thought she was very mature for a 26-year-old, and I think she’s been quite good at neither courting the press nor sticking two fingers in the air at them,” she added. “I don’t think I would have been so polite.”
Middleton “sat in the kitchen at lunchtime and chatted with everyone from the van drivers to the accounts girls.” According to Robinson, “She wasn’t precious.”