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.

beatenbyayellowteacup Wed 20-Apr-11 22:17:43

Wow a lot of heartfelt reactions here!

I can't help thinking that it would be nice for the future Queen or Crown Princess had something she was interested in other than shopping and playing hockey/rowing. None of these things are bad but she is a bit bland.

Education is good for it's own sake - no issue there. But where's her voice? Where is her 3rd dimension??

overthesea Wed 27-Apr-11 19:15:21

Aah but her education didn't go to waste. She and Pips met a load of sloaney friends which gave her a leg up and the contacts she needed at St Andrews. They're not known as the Wisteria sisters for nothing.

And she has been working hard ever since playing passive wifey, staying out of any paid employment that might have meant she couldn't be at his beck and call, running back when he dumped her (and getting shouted at in a pub car park just up the road). Canny girl/mother/family.

Friday - mission accomplished

Insomnia11 Thu 28-Apr-11 12:32:59

It sounds like she has worked AFAIK. People don't necessarily graduate from university, go straight into a job they hate until they die these days. There are no 'jobs for life' anyway.

A good education is never a waste. What about all the degree educated SAHMs? Are you not wasting your education? I don't think so.

overthesea Thu 28-Apr-11 13:11:09

Someone I know, knows them well. It was apparently suggested she leave Jigsaw (i.e. she was sacked) because other employees complained about her endless absences/skiving.

ninedragons Thu 28-Apr-11 13:40:18

I am no fan of the monarchy but any normal position simply wouldn't have been tenable because of the massive media interest in her.

Anything connected with business (law firm, bank) wouldn't touch her because they'd suddenly have Rupert Murdoch's vast resources focused on hacking their email servers, tapping their phones, bribing their other staff for stories about her, following their staff to meetings, photographing their clients, etc etc etc.

Anything that involved interacting with the public wouldn't work - if she were an estate agent you'd get 30,000 people turning up ostensibly wanting her to show them through a 2BR terrace in Swansea.

Diana's nursery job was in another age. Can you imagine picking your DC up from a nursery which had 120 aggressive photographers jostling on the footpath outside every single day?

I can't think of a single job she could realistically have done, apart from the one with her family firm.

Rhinestone Thu 28-Apr-11 13:42:14

Well she hasn't been claiming benefits so frankly I think it's none of our business. If I was in her shoes I wouldn't have worked either.

Miggsie Thu 28-Apr-11 13:43:39

I don't think the Duchess of Devonshire ever had a job, but she did a bloody good job of running Chatsworth for 70 years.

overthesea Thu 28-Apr-11 16:14:42

The Duchess of Kent has been teaching piano for 10 years and before that she was a teaching in a primary school and no one knew (she was quite well known in those days). It can be done. I doubt the paps could be bothered anywhere outside of London and the South East.

Jilkh Fri 29-Apr-11 15:13:35

Try finding a job with that degree - it's not exactly vocational.

Why shouldn't she work for her dad if she wants to?

Not everyone has to be a driven career woman - given the life she's signed up to, perhaps it's as well she isn't.

edam Fri 29-Apr-11 15:36:23

Just on a point of fact, her parents aren't self-made. Her father's family has had money for generations. Not on an aristocratic scale, but substantial amounts from a long line of lawyers. Her mother's family were poor but obviously Carole married up.

r0zebud Sun 01-May-11 21:54:11

She's maybe spent a bit of time in recent years being prepared for what's going to be a very difficult transition for any person. I'm sure she must have been undergoing media, etiquette and a big variety of other lessons to prepare her for their life ahead as, at the very least, ambassadors for Britain. Her degree will give her a broad knowledge of historical and cultural issues, although I'm sure that not many art history students use their degree at all, she will probably use it more than most! I hear that she also baked cakes and took them into Wills' work smile What's not to love?

JulesJules Sun 01-May-11 22:08:26

Education is a good thing on its own - it doesn't have to lead directly to a career in order not to be a waste of time.

I did Medieval English at University and that hasn't led me anywhere grin

I have also spent time working for my Dad...

Can't believe I'm defending the Royal family <faints>

lilnutter Sun 01-May-11 23:12:08

I quite enjoyed the idea that she might have hand packed the party box I ordered from them! hehhee so unlikely!

LaDolceRyvita Fri 06-May-11 15:34:52

Well, she won't ever work again from here on in!!

Numberlock Thu 13-Jun-13 23:22:52

Made me laugh (wryly) tonight on the news, she's going on maternity leave now apparently.

And the American women fawning over her ability to still walk in heels.

Give me a break, it's in such poor taste in the current climate.

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