The intra-palace code for Kate Middleton’s lack of job was ‘The Kate Problem’

by Susan Ryant

The Duchess of Cambridge has always been work-shy. She never shared her mother’s work ethic, although it is abundantly clear that Carole trained and prepared Kate to social climb and “land” a prince to the exclusion of everything else. Kate graduated from St. Andrews in 2005, same as Prince William. In the years between her university graduation and her engagement to William in the fall of 2010, Kate only “had” two jobs. One was a real job with Jigsaw, which she was basically part-time for a handful of months. Her second job was as a “photographer” with Party Pieces, the Middleton family’s company. No one believes for a second that Kate did much work with PP, but sure.

It’s worth noting that from the beginning, there was always an awareness of Kate’s laziness and lack of work ethic. Even the Queen saw it. From The Palace Papers:

Even the Queen, who saw there was more than a chance that Kate might be here to stay, reportedly thought she get a “real job” or an attachment to high-profile charity work. William was dedicated to a grueling training schedule, but Kate seemed only to be drifting around, dabbling in her parents’ company so she could be available when William came home to party. The Queen’s discomfort increased after the economic collapse of 2008 when Her Majesty was not at all enamored of images of her grandson and his girlfriend leaving Boujis.

Palace sources briefed that the Queen “was acutely aware that Prince William’s public image could suffer if his girlfriend were not recognized as a working professional in her own right.” There had been conversations, says the sources, with a “few trusted friends” about how to tackle what was being called “the Kate Problem.” On the few occasions the Queen had met Kate, Her Majesty apparently thought she was a nice enough girl but had no idea what she actually did.

Concerned about his girlfriend’s lady-of-leisure rap, it was William who urged her to find employment.

[From The Palace Papers by Tina Brown]

It was reported at the time – circa 2006-07 – that the Queen thought Kate should get a job and stop waitying around endlessly. What I didn’t know was that it went so far as this, that palace aides were briefing the press about the Queen’s concerns about Kate’s lack of employment. That was likely the Queen telling Prince William to order his girlfriend to get a job, and William got the message. I also didn’t know that the intra-palace nickname for Kate’s laziness was known as The Kate Problem. Bonkers.

In this section of The Palace Papers, there’s also a story which I didn’t know, which is that William invited Kate to Sandringham for the Royal Christmas “house party” in 2006, but she said no because they weren’t engaged (I knew that part). So after Kate refused William’s invitation, she invited William up to Scotland where her family had rented a house for the holidays, and he was scheduled to arrive on New Year’s Eve… and he didn’t show up. Just ghosted her, cold, with no warning. William apparently had a heart-to-heart talk with his father over Christmas, and Charles told him to wait to propose until he was ready. Meanwhile, Kate still expected him to propose to her on or around her birthday in January 2007. William would dump her over the phone in April of that year, but not before he cheated on her.

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Kate Middleton (M) waves to the crowd outside the Goring Hotel in London, Germany, 28 April 2011. She is accompanied byh her Sister Pippa (L) and her mother Carole (2nd to L). London is preparing for the royal wedding of Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29. Photo: Frank May,Image: 506265729, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: NO GERMANY, AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND – NO 3RD PARTIES – Fee Payable Upon Reproduction – For queries call London + 44 (0)20 7421 6000 , New York + 1 646-329-6242 or Hamburg + 49 (0)40 530 240 5959, Model Release: no, Credit line: Frank May / DPA Picture Alliance / Avalon – Kate Middleton –Cheltenham Gold Cup Festival 2007 Day 4–16th March 2007 20185–Only,Image: 542337412, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: WORLD RIGHTS – Fee Payable Upon Reproduction– For queries call London + 44 (0)20 7421 6000 , New York + 1 646-329-6242 or Hamburg + 49 (0)40 530 240 5959, Model Release: no, Credit line: Jules Annan / Avalon KATE MIDDLETON, THE GIRLFRIEND OF PRINCE WILLIAM, ATTENDS THE SECOND DAY OF THE GATCOMBE PARK FESTIVAL OF BRITISH EVENTING, HELD AT GATCOMBE PARK NEAR TETBURY IN ENGLAND. 6 AUGUST 2005. PICTURES: /,Image: 542495898, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: WORLD RIGHTS – Fee Payable Upon Reproduction – For queries contact Photoshot – sales@photoshot.com London: +44 (0) 20 7421 6000 Florida: +1 239 689 1883 Berlin: +49 (0) 30 76 212 251, Model Release: no, Credit line: Anwar Hussein / Avalon HRH PRINCE WILLIAM TODAY ATTENDED THE WEDDING OF HIS FRIEND HUGH VAN CUTSEM AT ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, BURFORD, OXFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND. ALSO ATTENDING WERE HIS FORMER NANNY TIGGY LEGGE-BOURKE HIS CURRENT ‘GIRLFRIEND’ KATE MIDDLETON AND JESSICA ‘JECCA’ CRAIG WHO HAS, FOR A LONG TIME HAD A SLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PRINCE. PICS: 4 JUNE 2005,Image: 544720109, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: WORLD RIGHTS – Fee Payable Upon Reproduction – For queries contact Photoshot – sales@photoshot.com London: +44 (0) 20 7421 6000 Florida: +1 239 689 1883 Berlin: +49 (0) 30 76 212 251, Model Release: no, Credit line: Geoff Swaine / Avalon – HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton –The Cheltenham Gold Cup Festival 2007 Day one –13th March 200720036 –Non-Exclusive World Rights Only,Image: 554083961, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: WORLD RIGHTS – Fee Payable Upon Reproduction – For queries contact Photoshot – sales@photoshot.com London: +44 (0) 20 7421 6000 Florida: +1 239 689 1883 Berlin: +49 (0) 30 76 212 251, Model Release: no, Credit line: Jules Annan / Avalon PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE MIDDLETON SPLIT British heir PRINCE WILLIAM and his girlfriend KATE MIDDLETON have ended their high profile relationship, according to reports. The pair met while at university together in St Andrews, Scotland in 2001 and were expected to announce their engagement this year (07). But the relationship appears to have floundered in recent months as Middleton, 25 has increasingly become the subject of media intrusion – and the 24-year-old prince has been photographed enjoying nights out with Army friends. A close friend of the couple tells The Sun newspaper, “As far as Kate is concerned, William simply hasn’t been paying her enough attention. She is stuck in London while he is living in an officer’s mess in Dorset. Kate feels hugely frustrated that heir relationship just seems to be going backwards at a rate of knots. “At university they were living together. Now, they are lucky if they see each other once a week. “When he does get a night off, it appears to Kate that William would rather spend time drinking with his new-found Army pals.” Middleton meanwhile has had to contend with paparazzi photographers watching the every move of Britain’s ‘future Queen’. The friend adds “Kate suddenly found herself at the centre of intense speculation. And, for the first time in their long relationship, she really became the story. Kate was seen as fair game for photographers and there was very little William could do to protect her.” The break-up is thought to be amicable. Middleton is currently being comforted by her family. (IG/WNTSU) Kate Middleton leaving home to go to work London, England – 13.12.06 Featuring: PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE MIDDLETON SPLIT Where: London, United Kingdom When: 13 Dec 2006 Credit: WENN Kate Middleton out walking in London London, England – 19.12.06 Featuring: Kate Middleton Where: London, United Kingdom When: 19 Dec 2006 Credit: Ross Robinson / WENN Kate Middleton Kate leaves for work on her birthday. A couple of photographers clearly ‘invaded her space’ somewhat justifying the call for control of photographers. London, England- 09.01.07 Featuring: Kate Middleton Where: London, United Kingdom When: 09 Jan 2007 Credit: WENN Kate Middleton leaving home on her way to work London, England – 28.03.07 Featuring: Kate Middleton Where: London, United Kingdom When: 28 Mar 2007 Credit: Owen Beiny / WENN Kate Middleton leaves her house this morning, buys a coffee and heads back home. She looked fantastic in a summer dress and had a smile on her face. It has been alleged that her romance with Prince William is back on again. London, England – 10.08.07 Featuring: Kate Middleton Where: London, United Kingdom When: 10 Aug 2007 Credit: WENN Prince William and Kate Middleton pose for photographs in the State Apartments of St James Palace on November 16, 2010 in London, England. After much speculation, Clarence House today announced the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton. The couple will get married in either the Spring or Summer of next year and continue to live in North Wales while Prince William works as an air sea rescue pilot for the RAF. The couple became engaged during a recent holiday in Kenya having been together for eight years. London, England – 16.11.10 Where: London, United Kingdom When: 16 Nov 2010 Credit: WENN **Not available for publication in France** Prince William and Kate Middleton pose for photographs in the State Apartments of St James Palace on November 16, 2010 in London, England. After much speculation, Clarence House today announced the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton. The couple will get married in either the Spring or Summer of next year and continue to live in North Wales while Prince William works as an air sea rescue pilot for the RAF. The couple became engaged during a recent holiday in Kenya having been together for eight years. London, England – 16.11.10 Where: London, United Kingdom When: 16 Nov 2010 Credit: Zak Hussein/WENN.com