The Queen liked Kate Middleton but had an inkling of fear before the Duchess’s marriage to Prince William. Kate Middleton has certainly proved herself on all fronts as a royal but this was not the case as the Queen had her doubts.
Before the Duchess of Cambridge’s marriage to Prince William, the Queen was said to have had some reservations against Kate as she did not appear to have her own identity.
According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, the monarch has always liked Kate but feared that because she did not have a proper job, she would not be able to establish an identity of her own when she would get married into the royal family.
In her book, The Making of a Royal Romance, Katie writes: “Privately she 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 sentiment was also expressed by royal correspondent Phil Dampier who told express.co.uk: “Kate was William’s girlfriend for eight or nine years before they got engaged and got married.
“There was a phase where she appeared to be doing very little really. “The Queen once remarked Kate doesn’t do very much so I think she had a fairly long entrance to the Royal family.”
Prince William following in Queen’s footsteps as he prepares to take throne
Prince William is said to be replicating the Queen’s way of behaviour and speech. Prince William is said to be following the Queen’s footsteps as he emulates her through public communication and by doing so is distancing himself from his father Prince Charles’ way.
According to relationship expert Neil Wilkie, the Duke of Cambridge’s speech and behaviour during public engagements are an indication that he is likely to take on the Queen’s way of governance when he takes the throne.
He told Express.co.uk: “I think William will be King much more in the image of his grandmother than in his father’s. “Because I don’t think William has said anything which is outside what’s normally considered royal protocol. “He seems very much one who toes the line rather than pushing the boundaries.”