The reason the Queen and Prince Philip are watching Duchess Catherine 'carefully'

This must be difficult...

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are being 'watched carefully' by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, according to a royal author.

It's always nerve-wracking meeting the in-laws, but the Duchess of Cambridge's experience must have been in a league of its own. A

s well as having to impress father Prince Charles and his now-wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Catherine also had to earn the respect and trust of arguably the most high-profile person in the country; the Queen of England herself. 

Why is the Duchess of Cambridge being watched by the Queen?

Speaking on the documentary, Tom Quinn said, “The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be watching very carefully, especially given that younger royals in the past have got things very badly wrong and they don't want that to happen again."

The documentary also shows how Kate and William met during their time studying at St Andrews University in 2001 and their wedding in 2011.

Tom Quinn added that the Duke of Cambridge was so enthusiastic to meet Kate that he tripped over while walking over to her to introduce himself.

He explained, "One of the funny stories is he was so desperate to meet her that as he walked towards her, he apparently tripped and said, 'Oh that's a terrible start, you're going to think I'm a complete clot'."

The documentary also revealed how after graduating, the Duchess was already preparing for life as a potential future royal.

She worked as an accessory buyer for retailer Jigsaw, but asked to work part-time because she was dating a very 'high profile man'. 

Tom added, “Kate did get a job. She worked as an accessories buyer but interestingly, someone at the firm told me at the time she went to the boss and said to them, ‘I need a job, but it needs to be part-time so I can work it around my relationship with this very high profile man.

“She did that job for a while, but unfortunately the attention of photographers following her to and from work became too much.”

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