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Kate Middleton should have had a job.

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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.

AitchTwoOh Wed 17-Nov-10 16:28:27

hasn't she been working in the family business? should sir richard branson's dd have a job outwith her dad's company? or ivanka trump?

sarah293 Wed 17-Nov-10 16:30:23

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MoralDefective Wed 17-Nov-10 16:30:54

I agree totally,just think it's a shame.
Wasted opportunities.

KnitterNotTwitter Wed 17-Nov-10 16:32:03

What is 'better' having a private education and wasteing it or a state education and wasteing it? She's just lucky she can have the choice... and it's not like she's been claming benefits while she waited is it?

zingzillachinchilla Wed 17-Nov-10 16:33:19

I think she worked for Monsoon or Jigsaw at some point post-graduation? Some sort of head office role?

thelibster Wed 17-Nov-10 16:34:13

I agree with your sentiment ATO, but so many people do not see "working in the family business" as a "proper job" I am currently urgently job hunting but because I spent the last six years working for my ex H I have no up to date experience or references that are "acceptable" sad

IWouldNotCouldNotWithAGoat Wed 17-Nov-10 16:34:13

Everything about this whole thing is so 14th century.

She has been cloistered in with her family for the last however many years doing not much of anything and waiting for him to pop the question (having asked her dad's permission). I find it depressing.

Katey1010 Wed 17-Nov-10 16:37:03

She sort of will be on benefits. Money derived from taxes when she is not working. That is being a Royal, isnt it...

deliciousdevilwoman Wed 17-Nov-10 16:37:19

She worked for Jigsaw in a senior role and in recent years has been working in the family business. I don't see the problem, tbh.

gapbear Wed 17-Nov-10 16:37:46

She has been working for the family business.

It would be very difficult for her to get a job in many areas that aren't 'fluffy' jobs, because there would be absolute outrage if she worked for, say, Goldman Sachs. It would be seen as the Royal Family favouring a particular company.

c0rns1lk Wed 17-Nov-10 16:38:06

Diana worked pre- marraige didn't she?

c0rns1lk Wed 17-Nov-10 16:38:58


sethstarkaddersmum Wed 17-Nov-10 16:39:01

I'm glad she's got an art history degree though. Given the amazingness and hugeness of the royal art collections a sound knowledge of art history should be a qualification for the role of Queen IMO.

Fayrazzled Wed 17-Nov-10 16:41:29

I think YABU. Firstly, I believe an education is something worthwhile in and of itself and not simply as a means to any end, and secondly, you have no idea how KM has been filling her time since she graduated. We've been told she has worked in the family firm- why the assumption that this means she has been doing nothing? (And she did work as an accessories buyer for Jigsaw for a time until the paparazzi made her life unbearable).

I have two good degrees from cambridge, worked for a time in a professional job and am now a SAHM. Was my education wasted? I don't think so.

I'm pleased for Prince William and Kate but seeing the media frenzy their engagement has caused and the subsequent criticism of Kate from all sides, I'm only surprised they haven't decided to wait longer. The public scrutiny will be truly unbearable.

Hulababy Wed 17-Nov-10 16:41:47

I thought she had had jobs, just not a career as such yet.


She set up a online clothing company but it failed to take off.

She then was working PT as an accessories buyer at Jigsaw until last year or so.

Then left that to concentrate on a photography career. Apparently has an exhibition for a chairity soon.

Now she works 5 days a week for her parent's party supply company and is resposnible for compiling and editing catalogues.

MoralDefective Wed 17-Nov-10 16:45:05

I don't think she was in a senior role at Jigsaw.
Todays Guardian says she
'spent less than a year working part time as a junior accessories buyer at Jigsaw(owned by friends of the family) and put together an exhibition of her photographs,which she then decided not to show.
She has also worked occasionally for her parents' party planning firm.

EdgarAirbombPoe Wed 17-Nov-10 16:46:38

why? the media attention surrounding her would surely make a normal career hard?

and i hyave only really had 'jobs' rather than a career. it just means i'm not particularly career driven - maybe she isn't?

ccpccp Wed 17-Nov-10 16:46:47

So the answer to your 'she doesnt have a proper job' statement, OP, is 'she does'.

Now get back down into the gutter and never question your betters again.

LaraJade Wed 17-Nov-10 16:46:56

She could have carried out voluntary work at least! Eg making teas in a day centre, helping out at an animal sanctuary. She still could do voluntary work in fact - but i dont mean hosting 'fundraising events'.

diddl Wed 17-Nov-10 16:47:19

I can´t help thinking she hasn´t committed herself so that she would be available to see William as & when tbh.

MoralDefective Wed 17-Nov-10 16:47:54

Backs orf whilst bowing and scraping.

VivaLeBeaver Wed 17-Nov-10 16:51:10

Richard Branson's DD is actually a Doctor by the way.

Poshmina Wed 17-Nov-10 16:53:08

I agree with the poster upthread that an education is worth having regardless of whether or not you use it to build a career on. A good education enhances a person and is not wasted simply because someone does not end up in paid employment, what a depressing utilitarian way of looking at life!

MoralDefective Wed 17-Nov-10 16:53:35

diddl...I can´t help thinking she hasn´t committed herself so that she would be available to see William as & when tbh.
It does look like it doesn't it?

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