Although Prince William and Kate Middleton may be the royal family’s golden couple, it turns out that Queen Elizabeth II may have had concerns about their engagement announcement in 2010.
According to a report from The Express, the Queen “had grave concerns and believed that Kate needed to have a job and an identity in her own right before an engagement was announced.”
This news comes from the 2011 book The Making of a Royal Romance, written by Katie Nicholl, who also had a source claim that “it is Her Majesty’s opinion that if Kate is one day going to be William’s consort, then she needs a proper job.”
“Swanning from one five-star holiday resort to another is not the prerequisite for a young woman possibly destined to be Queen,” the source added.
The Express also reports that the Queen and Middleton had many formal interactions, but that she knew “little of the girl who had enchanted her grandson”.
“[The Queen] is one of the hardest working royals, despite her age, and that a future member of the royal family was without a full-time job was unacceptable to her,” Nicholl’s added in her book.
After dating for around eight years, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced their engagement in 2010, tying the knot in April 2011.
The royal favourites are now parents to three gorgeous children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.