Prince William, Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth
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Queen Elizabeth reportedly put Kate Middleton in a very difficult position before Prince William even got to propose to her. A throwback report revealed that Queen Elizabeth initially had grave concerns when she learned that Prince William was already getting serious about Kate, primarily because she didn’t have any decent job at the time.

Prince William and Kate first met in 2001 while they were both enrolled at the University of St. Andrews in Fife. When both of them moved to the same student house a year later, Prince William started to develop special feelings for Kate, and that’s when their romantic relationship started to blossom.

While Kate seems to enjoy her life as a royal today, her journey to her current position was not always smooth and easy. Kate didn’t only have to learn how to handle the spotlight, but she also had to deal with the pressure of dating a member of the royal family.

According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, Queen Elizabeth was happy about Prince William’s relationship with Kate the first time she learned about it. However, she felt that Kate needed to have a full-time job in her own right before she becomes part of their family.

Nicholl said that Queen Elizabeth wanted Kate to be a working woman before the royal family announces her engagement to Prince William. This, according to investigative journalist Vicky Ward, had put her in a very difficult position.

“In fact, she was quietly working, as her lawyer Gerrard Tyrrell confirms,” said Ward. “She has been getting up each morning in Bucklebury, driving to the Party Pieces office in Reading, and according to Hello! Magazine, putting together the catalogues for her parents’ company,” she added.

While dating Prince William, Kate was reportedly taking a technology course to learn how to make digital catalogues. The Queen didn’t know it because Kate reportedly saw no need to tell the British media about it. Considering how she is today, this is not surprising. Kate is still the type who doesn’t cry for attention, and the public loves her for that.

Over time, Queen Elizabeth learned to love Kate as her own granddaughter and gave her blessing to her and Prince William. Prince William and Kate got engaged shortly after their major breakup in 2007. On April 29, 2011, they married in a fairytale ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

Prince William, Kate Middleton
TRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, smile following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

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