Her first job was working for her family’s party supplies business, Party Pieces, which was founded by parents Michael and Carole Middleton. Kate even starred in an advert for the brand when she was just seven years old alongside siblings Pippa and James, then aged five and two.
In her mid-twenties, while dating the Prince, Kate flexed her fashion skills with a part time job as 'accessories buyer' for UK high-street retailer Jigsaw-where she was tasked with running errands for photoshoot crews, amongst other less-than-glamorous duties.
In 2008, the Evening Standard newspaper tracked down Jigsaw's co-founder, Belle Robinson, to ask about her former employee. Rather than dishing the dirt, Robinson had only glowing things to say of the now-Duchess, telling the publication:
“She sat in the kitchen at lunchtime and chatted with everyone from the van drivers to the accounts girls. She wasn’t precious.”
These were the early days of Kate’s fame when paparazzi were charting her every move – and despite the constant attention, Kate was always gracious, Robinson says:
“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 they’ll leave us alone."
See? No diva-like antics for this Duchess.