Queen had ‘grave concerns’ about Kate Middleton when Prince William proposed

It’s difficult to imagine the Royal Family as it is today without the Duchess of Cambridge – who has become a fashion icon and mental health advocate since marrying Prince William in 2011.

After first meeting Wills at St Andrew’s University in 2001, the pair took their relationship to the next level and went public as a couple in 2004.

Before long, it became clear the then Kate Middleton was The One for William and he finally got down on one knee and proposed.

But there was one member of the Royal Family who wasn’t convinced about William’s choice of girlfriend – his grandmother, The Queen.

Royal expert Katie Nicholl claims Her Majesty always liked Kate, but was worried she didn’t have an identity of her own before she 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.” 

And she’s not the only one, with royal correspondent Phil Dampier echoing the claims and saying the Queen was worried about Kate’s work ethic.

He added that Kate was eased in to royal engagements with William because he was protective of his then-fiancé.

Phil 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.”

But 10 years on from marrying Prince William and becoming the Duchess of Cambridge, it seems The Queen had little to worry about.