Why Kate Middleton Was Never The Same After Marrying Prince William

Prince William and Kate Middleton


Kate Middleton was a hardworking, normal university student who was interested in fashion and art history and kept a low profile. But that didn’t stop Prince William from falling for her.


Prince William and Kate Middleton

They dated in secret for a while until the prince began to bring her around to the royals to get consent from the queen. Finally, they tied the knot at Westminster Abbey in 2011, and Middleton went from a normal girl to the Duchess of Cambridge. Talk about a glow-up. After that, Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was never quite the same.

Now, Kate Middleton — or, as the papers have dubbed her, “The Children’s Princess” — is in the public eye, and well-liked by the media and fans. Her charm may have stayed the same, but Middleton’s life has changed in almost every way. For starters, Middleton has a whole new lavish lifestyle with a designer wardrobe to match. Not to mention, she has a whole new set of responsibilities as a woman now in the public eye. Read on to find out how the Duchess of Cambridge’s life was never quite the same after marrying into royalty.

Kate Middleton had to give up a normal career

Kate Middleton was an average college girl who attended St. Andrews University. “I started off doing Psychology at St Andrews, with History of Art,” said Middleton while visiting University College in London (via Hello!). After briefly studying psychology, she settled on an art history degree. And it may have been because of her art history courses that she met Prince William, who later made a switch from art history to geography (which goes to show how fated it was that they met).

After university, Middleton had two normal jobs. First, she was employed at Party Pieces, a business owned by her parents, as noted by Marie Claire. Then, Middleton became an accessories buyer for Jigsaw (via Daily Mail). Even if she was dating the prince, she never let that change her down-to-earth personality. Belle Robinson, the co-founder of Jigsaw, said about Middleton in an interview with Evening Standard, “She sat in the kitchen at lunchtime and chatted with everyone from the van drivers to the accounts girls.”

Things changed when she formally married into royalty, but Middleton still got to put her degree to good use. She’s patron of the Art Room Charity and curated a photography exhibit in 2020.

Kate Middleton has a whole set of duties as part of the royal family

Soon enough, it was time to say goodbye to retail hours. Kate Middleton took on a whole new set of duties as Duchess of Cambridge, which mostly included “carrying out Royal duties both at home and overseas.” Being a duchess might sound glamorous, but it’s actually really hard work. As a whole, the royal family carries out 2,000 royal engagements yearly, mostly in the areas of public and charitable services. While there’s a lot of fun rivalry between family members, it’s impressive to note just how hard Middleton worked. During her third pregnancy, when she also suffered from severe morning sickness, or hyperemesis gravidarum (via Forbes), Middleton had more public engagements than either Prince William or Prince Harry, according to Town & Country.

Over the years, Middleton really stepped into her role by taking on more patronages, mostly in the areas she’s truly passionate about like those concerning children and art. As reported in 2020, she researched children’s development up to age 5, “what we experience in the early years,” and how parents can best facilitate a healthy and sturdy foundation for their children from the beginning.

Kate Middleton wears some of the most amazing designer pieces

Kate Middleton’s fashion sense was always stylish, and it used to be within the realm of the average person’s budget. But after marrying Prince William, that all changed. Now she wears some of the most amazing designer pieces, all fitted to perfection. One of her favorite designers is Alexander McQueen, and she can be seen wearing McQueen clothing often. Like when she stunned everyone with her amazing wedding dress designed by McQueen’s Sarah Burton (via Town & Country), one of the most expensive outfits Kate Middleton’s ever worn. Or a glamorous off-the-shoulder black and gold embellished dress for the 2017 BAFTA red carpet (via Hello!).

But Middleton is a fan of a number of other designers as well. Emilia Wickstead is one she wears often, like when she donned this festive-yet-chic skirt that cost $1,112, or a coat dress by the same designer that she wore for a garden party at Buckingham Palace that cost $1,729. She made headlines when she wore this Gucci blouse, which cost $1,300, backwards to an event at the Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre in London, making quite a statement. Middleton has been and will continue to be a fashion trendsetter, just one who can afford super expensive things these days.

But as a royal, she has to stick to a strict dress code

Kate Middleton might have an epic wardrobe, but she has to stick to a number of fairly strict rules when it comes to what she wears in public. The tiaras Middleton has worn in the past are strictly reserved for women who are married, according to Marie Claire, and under that tiara, hair is expected to be tidy. Neutral or unpolished nails are the norm, and hemlines are supposed to be below the knee. But those are just the more traditional rules.