In May, the Duchess of Cambridge’s new book ‘Hold Still’ shot to the number one spot just days after its release. It featured images of frontline workers, NHS staff, and the overall mood of the nation during the coronavirus pandemic last year. She collaborated with the National Portrait Gallery in a bid to encourage people to document their experiences during the lockdown restrictions. In a statement about the book, Kate said: “We’ve all been struck by some of the incredible images, we’ve seen which have given us an insight into the experiences and stories of people across the country.
“Some desperately sad images showing the human tragedy of this pandemic and other uplifting pictures showing people coming together to support those more vulnerable.”
However, unearthed reports have revealed that when Kate graduated from the University of St Andrews, the Queen was not impressed with her work ethic, mainly because she worked part-time for her parents’ business, ‘Party Pieces’, and at high-street fashion chain, Jigsaw.
In the 2011 Amazon Prime documentary ‘William and Kate into the Future’, the Duchess’ biographer, Claudia Joseph, touched on the “invidious position” that she found herself in.
Ms Joseph said: “I think Kate is in an invidious position.
“She has been with William for a long time – eight years – and to have to go into work every morning and not being able to talk about what you did the night before, is very difficult.
“She’s had to trust people and she’s worked with her family.
“Saying that there are many people in this country who work for the family business.
“It’s not that unusual – of all backgrounds – and, she’s been working for them quietly behind the scenes and helping them earn a living.”
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Katie Nicholl, writing for the Daily Mail in 2008, went further to explain that the Queen herself wanted Kate to have a career before any engagement was announced between her and Prince William.
She wrote: “The Queen has voiced concern that Prince William should not announce an engagement to his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton until she has secured herself a full-time job.”
Ms Nicholl added: “In spite of her age, [the Queen] is considered one of the most hard-working members of the Royal Family [and] has privately made it known she believes Kate should be settled in a career before the couple announce an engagement.
“Sources close to the Queen last night said she was acutely aware that Prince William’s public image could suffer if his girlfriend were not recognised as a working professional in her own right.”
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Today, however, Kate has certainly managed to carve out a role for herself, so much so that she has successfully created a demand for the Cambridge household by way of social media.
By encouraging William to be more open with his personal life, the couple accumulated millions of followers across all of their social media platforms.
Their Instagram account displays pictures of the couple’s children and other family moments.
In another Amazon Prime documentary titled ‘Secrets of the Royals’ royal photographer, Kent Gavin said that William’s powergrab over social media was personal to him.
Mr Gavin said: “The royals are issuing and controlling what they show – I am not talking about the public events.
“I am talking about birthdays and those sorts of things.
“Kate issues these lovely pictures of the children – it is taking the ‘sting’ out of the paparazzi if you like.”