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is Kate Middleton really "middle class"?

(123 Posts)
hatwoman Tue 16-Nov-10 22:50:54

she seems lovely and I know, in theory, she's not gentry, but I strongly suspect that if I met her I'd think she was quite posh.

TheNextMrsDepp Tue 16-Nov-10 22:52:57

She went to a posh independent school. Money, not gentry.

MelinaM Wed 17-Nov-10 00:27:56

New money! left to manual grin

JarethTheGoblinKing Wed 17-Nov-10 00:33:39

Who gives a shit?

MelinaM Wed 17-Nov-10 00:44:16

Off with their heads! Vive la Republic!!!

diddl Wed 17-Nov-10 08:14:08

She doesn´t sound posh.

southeastastra Wed 17-Nov-10 08:17:04


MassiveKnob Wed 17-Nov-10 08:20:06

nouveau riche

seeker Wed 17-Nov-10 08:28:11


I bet when she was a child there was a lounge and a toilet in her house.

Bucharest Wed 17-Nov-10 08:36:29

Agree with seeker.

Very Pushy Parenting went on there. (didn't she only go to St Andrews because William was going?

Bet her mother is a 'mare.

I like Kate though, she has proper calves.

Bucharest Wed 17-Nov-10 08:37:14

<am now wondering if the plural of the body part is the same as the plural of the animal because my post looks as though I'm talking about her domestic animal fetish>

sarah293 Wed 17-Nov-10 08:38:06

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poorbuthappy Wed 17-Nov-10 08:38:10

I almost just posted, oh I didn't know her family had livestock! But you got in there first...grin

PrettyCandles Wed 17-Nov-10 08:52:29

Technically she's a commoner - but can you see that label going down well nowadays grin?!

slug Wed 17-Nov-10 08:58:14

Well I couldn't afford the fees

LoopyLoops Wed 17-Nov-10 09:04:22

Fees for that kind of school are simply staggering, aren't they?

Notterrysmine Wed 17-Nov-10 09:05:17

In the last 10 years there has been a substantial hike in school fees, I would imagine that when her parents started paying the fees they weren't that high.

My mother was horrified that 2 schools that I went to as a child, (I left 3 years before Kate), are now 3 times, and 4 times the fees that she had to pay. After the conversations of why am I not sending the grandkids there.

diddl Wed 17-Nov-10 09:05:45

But money doesn´t equal posh, or even middle class.

Notterrysmine Wed 17-Nov-10 09:06:34

And the money was well spent - I've just posted a really poor grammatical post. grin

GoingToBonnieDoon Wed 17-Nov-10 09:06:52

I think I'd call her upper middle class, because the schools/lifestyle she has enjoyed are above what most would call middle class.

EdgarAirbombPoe Wed 17-Nov-10 09:11:57

woah...those school fees are sharp. higher than the local unattainably expensive private school here...

i think it begs the question: do you need a title/titled family to be UC, or is money enough?

at least upper middle class.

MollysChambers Wed 17-Nov-10 09:13:19

Oh FFS! Why does it matter?

maktaitai Wed 17-Nov-10 09:15:01

Not a bad overnight rate though, better than a Travelodge at short notice.

Hassled Wed 17-Nov-10 09:16:10

I think in all these debates you have to ask yourself "what would Jane Austen say?". And JA would not call someone "in trade" upper class wink. They didn't inherit their wealth - that's the stumbling block.

But as Molly points out, in the grand scheme of things it matters not one jot. She's rich and pretty and has nice teeth (and apparently nice livestock).

AbsofCroissant Wed 17-Nov-10 09:16:47

Well, Dave Cameron is allegedly middle class, with £300mn in inheritance and titled family knocking about all over the place, so why not Kate.

Now, if I start calling myself middle class will someone give me a few million? Thanks.

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