Before she was a staple of the royal family, Kate Middleton was just a regular human trying to find a way to make money with her art history degree. Relatable, no?
After Kate graduated from St. Andrews in 2005, she held two normal person jobs before royal wedding planning and, later, royal engagements became her life.
First, she worked for her family's business, Party Pieces, which sells party supplies. Having a family business to work for is a certain kind of privilege in and of itself, but the work was still no doubt more normal than literally being royalty (not that that's a high bar to clear).
Next, Kate took a part-time job as an accessories buyer with British retailer Jigsaw, according to the Daily Mail. "Accessories Buyer" might sound like an impressive title, but in reality, Kate, like so many young, entry level workers, functioned more or less as a personal assistant. Her job tasks included such menial, non-duchessy duties as running errands and bringing tea and snacks to the talent on the set of photo shoots.
Belle Robinson, who cofounded the brand with John Robinson, dished about Kate's work ethic and already-royal composure during a 2008 interview with the Evening Standard. Kate, who was already dating Prince William at the time, had to balance normal person work with some of the less-awesome aspects of fame—like paparazzi.
该零售点的共同创始人Belle Robinson在2008接受Evening Standard时说，谈论起了凯特王妃的工作操守和她已有的冷静。凯特当时已经和威廉王子约会，还要平衡个人工作和不那么美好的一面比如狗仔队的追拍。
"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," she said. "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," said Belle. "She wasn't precious."