Queen Elizabeth Once Deemed Kate Middleton’s Work Ethic ‘Unacceptable’ And Had ‘Grave Concerns’

Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton might have an extremely close relationship these days, but the queen reportedly had some serious reservations about the duchess before Kate married Prince William in 2011. It turns out, Queen Elizabeth wasn’t pleased with Kate’s work ethic.

Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton
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Prince William waited years before he proposed to Kate

William and Kate first met when they were in college. The two both attended University of St. Andrews and met through mutual friends back in the early 2000s. At first, there was nothing romantic between them, as they were both reportedly dating other people when they were introduced. But eventually, Kate caught William’s eye in a new way.

Kate walked in a fashion show for her school, and rumor has it that William was sitting first row. When he saw her, his opinion of her instantly changed, shifting from friendship to something more. The two started officially dating in 2004 and graduated college in 2005, though it would be another six years before they would marry.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
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The queen was reportedly behind William’s delay in marriage

As time went on, people began to wonder why William was delaying marriage to Kate. He broke up with the duchess back in 2007, though sources said he regretted the decision, and it didn’t take long for the two to get back together. But over the next few years, people started calling Kate “Waity Katie” because William seemed to be dragging his feet.

People often wondered why William delayed the proposal, but it turns out Queen Elizabeth might have been behind it. According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, the queen was disturbed by Kate’s lack of work ethic. Kate supposedly didn’t hold a real job after college, and the queen told William that it was “unacceptable.” Nicholl reported that 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.”

These days, Kate has more than proved herself to the royal family

Eventually, William had the queen’s blessing to propose to Kate, and the two wed in 2011 in front of millions of people. And in time, Kate completely proved her abilities as a royal. These days, she and the queen have an extremely close relationship, and the public liked her from the moment she married into the family.

Kate is very dedicated to her work as a duchess, and it shows. She constantly launches new initiatives to better connect with the people, and the queen seems truly happy with her performance as a royal.  

The public can’t wait for the duchess to become queen

Kate, technically, will never be “queen.” But she will be queen consort once William takes the throne, and people already can’t stop talking about it. The public adores Kate, and she has one of the highest approval ratings of any royal. Though it will be a while before she actually steps into the role, the publicly is constantly amazed with how she continues to expand her role.

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left the family, William and Kate stepped up to take on more royal duties. And so far, Kate’s been doing it with ease.