Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William celebrated Prince George’s sixth birthday last week and released some delightful photos of the third-in-line to the throne. Now the little prince is on summer holidays, the Cambridge family – including Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – are set to jet off for some summer sun on the Caribbean island of Mustique.However, the exotic island, known for being Princess Margaret’s glamorous haunt, has landed Kate in hot water in the past when the Queen criticised her love of its luxury lifestyle.
Royal author Katie Nicholl, in her 2010 biography “William and Harry”, relates how, by 2008, Kate had attracted criticism, and the attention of the Queen, for her exotic holidaying.
Ms Nicholl writes: “If she was not with William at Balmoral then the couple were skiing or holidaying on Mustique.
“Kate was there so often the press dubbed her ‘Queen of Mustique’, a title that had previously belonged to Princess Margaret.
“Britain was now in a recession an and such frivolous displays of wealth were unpalatable to the Queen.
The Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II (Image: Getty)
The Cambridge family together at this year's Trooping the Colour (Image: Getty)
“She is 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.
“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.”
A source told the author: “It is Her Majesty’s opinion that if Kate is one day going to be William’s consort, then she needs a proper job.
“Swanning from one five-star holiday resort to another is not the prerequisite for a young woman possibly destined to be Queen.”
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