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Kate Middleton’s Ability to Balance Her Career and Public Attention ‘Impressed’ Her Former Boss

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As one of the more senior members of the royal family, Kate Middleton‘s job duties must be growing. In addition to raising a family, she attends events on behalf of the crown, and now she’s showing her new sister-in-law, Meghan Markle, the royal ropes. Fortunately, the Duchess of Cambridge is pretty familiar with the demands of a job, as a result of having held a few of her own before marrying Prince William

Back in 2008, Kate Middleton was a working woman who just so happened to be dating the future king of the UK. At the time, she was an accessories buyer for the fashion brand Jigsaw — and she was pretty darn good at her job, according to Jigsaw’s co-founder, Belle Robinson. 

“I have to say, I was so impressed by her,” Robinson explained of Kate in a 2003 interview with the Evening Standard, adding that the future Duchess of Cambridge handled the media attention with grace even back then. “There were days when there were TV crews at the end of the drive. We’d say: ‘Listen, do you want to go out the back way?’ And she’d say: ‘To be honest, they’re going to hound us until they’ve got the picture. So why don’t I just go, get the picture done, and then they’ll leave us alone.'”

“I thought she was very mature for a 26-year-old, and I think she’s been quite good at neither courting the press nor sticking two fingers in the air at them. I don’t think I would have been so polite. She sat in the kitchen at lunchtime and chatted with everyone from the van drivers to the accounts girls. She wasn’t precious,” Robinson revealed.

Kate Middleton worked at her family’s party-planning business before scoring the job at Jigsaw, so it’s nice to know that she’s had a tremendous work ethic her entire life. We imagine the royals are used to getting special treatment, so we really admire the duchess’ willingness to work hard to earn her keep. Hopefully she instills those same values in her three precious young children.

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