The Queen's 'grave concerns' about Kate Middleton emerge as The Duchess prepares to return to work

Queen and Kate Middleton at the Cenotaph
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The Queen had "grave concerns" about Kate Middleton prior to her engagement to Prince William, a royal author has claimed.

The Duchess of Cambridge is a hugely popular member of the royal family and is thought to be adored by the Queen. But her path to marrying into the Firm hasn't always been plain sailing.

According to royal biographer and expert, Katie Nicholl, the Queen had "grave concerns" about Kate - who is preparing to be Queen - when she was dating her grandson, Prince William.

While she slotted into the family well, the 94-year-old Monarch was keen for the Duchess to carve out a career for herself before marrying into the royal family, and check she had the stamina to be a full-time working royal.

Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Elysee Palace

The Queen had her concerns about Kate Middleton

Katie writes in her book 'The Making of a Royal Romance,' "Privately [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.”

After graduating from University of St Andrews together in 2005 Kate - who had studied Art History - spent nearly all of her time with Prince William.

The royal expert adds, "If she was not with William at Balmoral then the couple were skiing or holidaying in Mustique."

And, with the country in a recession at the time, the Queen was wary about such "frivolous displays of wealth".

Kate Middleton and Prince William on a skiing holiday

Prince William and Kate enjoyed lots of holidays

“[The Queen] was one of the hardest working royals, despite her age, and that a future member of the family was without a full-time job was unacceptable to her," Katie writes.

“While the rest of the world speculated that an engagement was on the horizon for William and Kate, the Queen believed an announcement should be postponed until Kate was settled in a career.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have now been married for nearly a decade and are arguably two of the hardest working senior members of the royal family, having picked up extra responsibilities since the departure of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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Georgia is a Celebrity and Royal Writer working across GoodTo and Woman & Home, and the Director and Founder of communications company Farq Media. Prior to this she was Online Editor at New! Magazine – managing all of their digital content and social media accounts. Where she interviewed all of the hottest reality TV stars and spent far too much time commuting to London. She trained at Nottingham Trent University – where she achieved First Class Honours in Print Journalism whilst juggling copious amounts of work experience, freelance writing, blogging and having far too much fun with the dance society.