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.

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.

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

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

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!

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>

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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??

Beveridge Sat 20-Nov-10 10:04:46

I was tutting and nodding along with the 'can't believe she doesn't have a proper job' and then I thought about it. After leaving Uni, I stumbled into working in Social Care for a number of years, all unqualified posts as I didn't have a DipSw so by some people's definition a 'waste' of my History degree.

Didn't know what I wanted for a career, couldn't make a decision, thought I'd coast along for a bit and maybe do the DipSW at some point.

It wasn't until I was almost 30 that I realised I wanted to teach (and realised I was finally ready for it, thanks in no small part to the kind of jobs I had done in my 20s). Did my PGCE, loved it ever since.

Maybe KM just hadn't reached that point of working out what she wanted to do? She's not even 30 yet, just a young thing in my book...

Bonsoir Sat 20-Nov-10 09:55:22

"There are lots on this forum who basically don't work and expect to be kept by husbands/fathers/the state. Why pick on Kate Middleton?"

I haven't come across many people on this forum who expect to be kept by anyone: most MNers work pretty hard raising DCs and taking care of their home and DH. Since leaving university, Kate Middleton hasn't had a home, DH or DCs to raise and care for.

I think her professional ambitions were severely compromised by her relationship with Prince William. But I still think she could have done some more studies.

AitchTwoOh Sat 20-Nov-10 01:19:42

"KittyFoyle Fri 19-Nov-10 20:57:52

AitchtwoOh - why is using connections 'abuse'. What's the point of them? This is the age of LinkedIn, Facebook etc They are only new versions of what has always been the case."

as per my last post... i didn't say that using connections is 'abuse'.

i said that she was abusing connections, which has been amply established as fact.

that is your error. you didn't read what i wrote. bit of an embarrassing mistake, i'd have thought.

KittyFoyle Sat 20-Nov-10 01:05:40

I never take umbrage unless it's lying around and no-one needs it.

If you take a little peek at yourself you'll notice I was referring to your sarky response to my mentioning using my own connections. No sure why you find my imaginary error embarrassing. I'm sure you'll get over it.

NorhamGardens Sat 20-Nov-10 01:04:34

I said:

her job at Party Pieces will have meant she was cushioned and protected to a degree. When those you love are at the helm you don't have to worry about losing your job, an unpredictable boss, a horrible, unexpected showdown etc. It will also have probably meant that she could come and go as she pleased, annual leave could be extended etc. She will have had real flexibility in the role.

Because I'm worth it said:

This is such a sweeping generalisation and a massive assumption.

You have no idea what her actual circumstances were!

I should have said her job at Party Pieces may well have meant that she was more cushioned and protected than if she was working in another post.

I stand by this part. Her parents ran the company, they are apparently a very close family and have her best interests at heart and love her. This is highly likely to make things easier than they might otherwise be. From my own experience in any case.

Of course this does not mean to say there may not have be other obstacles she had to face at work. In my experience silent resentment from some other employees who were not allowed the same flexibility. It's also possible that her parents were incredibly tough task masters and she felt under huge pressure to prove herself but that isn't the feeling I get. We can't know of course. I would still say you are less likely to be fired too, again looking at the company I worked for.

Quattrocento Sat 20-Nov-10 01:02:52

I dunno, seems a bit off to criticise Kate Middleton for not being Xenia. Very few women are. There are lots on this forum who basically don't work and expect to be kept by husbands/fathers/the state. Why pick on Kate Middleton?

AitchTwoOh Sat 20-Nov-10 00:57:37

kitty, why don't you take a wee look at yourself? i wrote "actual abuse of connections, actually. mahoosively so. i know someone who worked for her."

i didn't ever write that using connections equalled abuse of connections, which is what you nevertheless seem to have taken umbrage at.

i wrote, because i know of her and her business practices, that she did actually abuse her connections, in that she offered more to clients in terms of her royal status than she could or would ever provide. this was also amply established by a sting operation run on her by a tabloid newspaper. okay?

no doubt you'll be apologising for your pissy tone now that you see your embarrassing error.

KittyFoyle Sat 20-Nov-10 00:44:21

Bully for you is a term indicating praise, sometimes with a hint of sarcasm but often not. At first sight it seems an odd use of "bully" until one realises that the word had a 16th century meaning of fine fellow, sweetheart which probably came from the middle Dutch Boele = Lover.

I imagine yours had more than 'a hint of sarcasm' but chose to supply my image of you with a more generous nature than you wanted to display this evening.

AitchTwoOh Sat 20-Nov-10 00:38:01


KittyFoyle Sat 20-Nov-10 00:33:12

thanks sweetie

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