Kate Middleton should have had a job.

(165 Posts)
MoralDefective Wed 17-Nov-10 16:27:08

AIBU to be bemused and a bit dissapointed that after years of expensive education that Kate Middleton has never had a proper job.
What a shame that an apparently intelligent young woman has spent the last (7?) years since university seemingly waiting to get married.
It makes me wonder why she went to university in the first place.
Such a waste of opportunities and good fortune.

diddl Wed 17-Nov-10 16:55:24

Well, the way things have turned out, I should think her parents would have happily paid much more for her educationgrin

lilyliz Wed 17-Nov-10 16:58:21

checkout at ASDA would have been good,shown her real life and for good measure night shift when the drunks and junkies come in.

RitaLynn Wed 17-Nov-10 17:00:12

Without wishing to sound too much like an old marxist, if she had got a job, it would have only been a sop to pretend to be like one of us.

minibmw2010 Wed 17-Nov-10 17:01:59

The thing is, we don't have a clue about what she has or hasn't done with her time for the last 8 years .. and what business is it of ours anyway ?? If anyone was judging us this way we'd probably go mental and be quite upset ???? Just because the papers say one thing, it doesn't make it the absolute truth ..

AitchTwoOh Wed 17-Nov-10 17:04:42

richard branson's dd works for him and is expected to take over the company. what a DISGRACE that she isn't using her medical degree etcetera. <fumes pointlessly>

kenobi Wed 17-Nov-10 17:05:13

YABU
Controversial but...
I don't think she should have had a job because her family could clearly support her without working, so she wasn't taking jobs away from people who needed them more!

If she wants to waste her spenny education, who cares?
Although it wasn't wasted in my book, she and her parents got what they wanted out of it - she's about to be the future king's consort, doesn't get much more successful than that in pure monetary terms... working all this time would have been utterly, utterly pointless.

God I would HATE to be her though. Can you imagine never being able to walk down the street alone again, or being allowed to get messy drunk or getting away with it if say something stupid?

stillbobbysgirl Wed 17-Nov-10 17:06:54

well none of her new in-laws have what you would actually call a proper job do they?!

kenobi Wed 17-Nov-10 17:07:49

Also, just to add to what Poshmina said about an education being worth it in and of itself, in ye olden times only the very wealthy went to uni and they never bothered to get jobs. So she's only following in a fine old tradition...

huddspur Wed 17-Nov-10 17:11:56

YABVU-what she does with her life is her business

piscesmoon Wed 17-Nov-10 17:17:08

Education is very narrow if it just leads to a job.

nancydrewrocked Wed 17-Nov-10 17:17:32

Education is valuable in itself, rather than as a means to an end, so I can't see her time at school/university as wasted even if she decides to sit on her arse and twiddle her fingers all day.

She has been in a serious relationship with someone who works away from home for long periods in a fairly irregular pattern with significant other commitments. If she had a "proper" career then I can't imagine she'd ever see him. I don't really see an issue in her not working TBH.

sarah293 Wed 17-Nov-10 17:18:55

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sethstarkaddersmum Wed 17-Nov-10 17:19:57

Yes. And statues. And one of the modules will probably be about pickled sharks and shit too.

RitaLynn Wed 17-Nov-10 17:21:57

I wonder how things would be if the gender situation were reversed.

Imagine Price Charles, with two daughters, and the eldest had got engaged to a man who didn't work and just appeared to be waiting around for the princess.

It's of course up to her, but it doesn't present a very good role model for women (IMO). It could be a long time before she's queen, and they don't have children (yet)

donkeyderby Wed 17-Nov-10 17:22:29

History of Art....it does what it says on the packet. Quite a useful degree if you want to work in museums etc.

SpringHeeledJack Wed 17-Nov-10 17:26:08

ain't it so that H of A has always been seen as a sort of debby timewasting degree?

<runs away quick>

KittyFoyle Wed 17-Nov-10 17:27:26

It's about paintings/sculpture/visual arts generally and the historical context so encompasses politics, social history, religious, cultural etc.

I have no idea what she does with her time. What's it to me? Tapping away on MN is hardly a noble use of time. Casting stones and all that ladies...

anonandlikeit Wed 17-Nov-10 17:28:21

Poor thing, she has worked, she worked for Jigsaw & has been workign in the family business since.
Her education isn't wasted, her parents funded it, she is now working for the, a good business investment on their part.
A large number of kids at public school go into the family business, whatever that may be.

MoralDefective Wed 17-Nov-10 17:29:10

Had to go out.
Good point Rita...i imagine there would have been uproar.
Bum
Wastrel
User
Parasite etc

Yes of course it's up to her but what you said about being a role model for women is right.
While i'm sure everyone will say she maybe doesn't want to be a role model for ANYONE,now she's going to be Queen one day it's hard to see how she won't be held up as a role model.

KittyFoyle Wed 17-Nov-10 17:29:54

H of A is more of an Annabel timewasting degree. I think education is valuable if you make it so - I've seen plenty of medics wasting enormous amounts of time during their degrees too. But it does have a reputation of being one for rich air heads whose Daddies can send them to Venice for the summer. As usual, in some cases deserved, in others not fair at all.

KittyFoyle Wed 17-Nov-10 17:34:06

Anonandlikeit - My Dad was booted out of state school at 15 and he went into the family business. It's not all posh private school kids that do that. My local garage has a father and son mechanic team. Does anyone actually KNOW what she was doing? I imagine she's been living her life, not poncing around being a 'role model'. It's not the X Factor. Anyway wouldn't you rather your daughters were interested in people famous for more than the family of their fiance?

BatsInTheSnowglobe Wed 17-Nov-10 17:36:32

"It makes me wonder why she went to university in the first place" - to find a rich husband... oh job done. Going to university has proved invaluable for KM. I'm sure her parents would agree her education was money well spent!
Education is never a waste whether used or not. I got engaged straight out of uni and family friends asked my parents if they were disappointed i was wasting my education by just getting married. My mum had a fit and snapped at them saying education is never wasted!
Who cares whether KM has been working or not, lets face it if we had parents willing to look after us while we sat waiting for the future king of England to propose, we probably wouldn't work either. The news man yesterday said KM hadn't been working full time so she was able to be flexible and see Wills whenever she was beckoned.

Want2bSupermum Wed 17-Nov-10 17:37:22

When she worked at Jigsaw she was followed around by the press and it was agreed that she would stop working there.

She was damned if worked and is now damned because she worked for the family business and not at a public company. I think it is wonderful that the girl has been properly educated and comes from what looks to be a lovely family. She has done charity work but often has to pull out at the last minute due to publicity. She has been very smart to limit her public profile.

BonniePrinceBilly Wed 17-Nov-10 17:39:13

Can all those bitching that she's never had a job please respond to the response that she has in fact had one or more jobs?

anonandlikeit Wed 17-Nov-10 17:44:01

I totally agree Kitty, I worked for my dad too for a while (p/t job as his small business was not enough to pay anyone f/time)
I was trying to say that there is nothing wrong with working for the family business & i know it can range from the local window clearner to richard branson.
But many very successful business people are fortunately able to fund their child through sprivate school & many of them go on to work for the family business.
Wasn't meant to be a judgemental statement, purely an observation.

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