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Old 07-29-2008, 10:47 AM
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Could the princes' future wives continue working?

Could the princes future wives continue working? I think that the future Princess Harry could continue to working depending on her job or do you think she would be required to give it up once she marries into the royal family.
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:28 AM
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Could the princes future wives continue working? I think that the future Princess Harry could continue to working depending on her job or do you think she would be required to give it up once she marries into the royal family.
Depends on her job, I'd think. Catherine could well work as an arts expert for the Royal Collections besides being Princess William. Chelsy Davy is about to become a lawyer, which could be a bit tricky if she became Princess Henry. But then Cherie Blair continued to work as a lawyer even though her husbnad was the PM, so I guess it's possible.
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:37 AM
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What stage is meant with future wife? There is either a girlfried or a fiancee. Can or should a girlfriend work - yes, can or should a finacee work - no. Once there is an engagement, royal partners should concentrate on their future role as there is a lot to learn until they finally become a member of the royal family.
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:38 AM
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I'd imagine that there would be such a demand for William and his future princess to appear on royal engagements that another job just wouldn't fit into his wife's schedule. They're bound to be popular, and as the young faces of the monarchy, I'm sure the Queen will want them doing royal work in the public eye as much as possible.

Prince Harry's wife, on the other hand, might have a better chance of having another job along with some royal duties. But if they're supported by taxpayer money, they're going to need to perform significant royal work as well.
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:42 AM
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The British public and the press will simply not allow them in any capacity to work as normal people. They will find a way to undermind them. But that doesn't mean they shouldn't have worked before and be currently working.
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:46 AM
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I agree with Ella Kay. William and his wife will need to be full-time royals. However, I think Harry's wife could and should work at a job/career.

Isn't there talk of "pruning" TRF in the next generation? Even the Wessex's kids don't use their Princely titles. I can imagine Pss Bea and Eugenie having to get some sort of job.

Of course, they would have to be jobs that wouldn't attract any sort of controversy. But I can see it happening for Pss Harry and the Wales' cousins.
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Old 07-29-2008, 12:01 PM
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I don't think Harry's wife will be able to work any more than William's wife. I think that the only way she could work is if Harry had no public role, if he does then she will too and shouldn't try to have a job outside of it. Sophie tried to continue working after her marriage and everyone knows what happened there. Didn't she even had problems working while dating Edward? I remember something about a Hello photo shoot and the deal with Range Rover.
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Old 08-11-2008, 03:58 PM
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Many will I think, see her as normal and leading the lifestyle they would love to become accustomed to!
I don't think so - Chelsey Davy is the more "normal" type I guess. Besides dating a prince she's able to pursue her studies, have a drink every now and then and a vacation every now and then. I think Kate Middleton's lifestyle is far from being perceived as "normal" by the wider public but as usual when voicing the slightest critizism the motivation must be nothing but sheer envy
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:18 PM
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I don't think so - Chelsey Davy is the more "normal" type I guess. Besides dating a prince she's able to pursue her studies, have a drink every now and then and a vacation every now and then. I think Kate Middleton's lifestyle is far from being perceived as "normal" by the wider public but as usual when voicing the slightest critizism the motivation must be nothing but sheer envy
I'm sorry, but isn't Chelsy the one who grew up in a multi millionare lifestyle? That is hardly more normal than Kate's upper middle class upbringing in a detached house somewhere in the UK. Kate already went to university, remember...? That's where she met her prince. h'mm she probably is now living a more luxurious lifeltyle now than b4, and chelsy is just continuing to live the lifestyle she was used to.

BTW, William is getting more bald by the minute...
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:37 PM
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Kate & Chelsy are so different as to make comparison between them impossible. Kate seems inclined to be a well-off wife. Chelsy is more academic/career inclined, as I presume she will use her law degree for something, since going through all the work for it and not using it would be surprising to me. Neither one or the other course is "better". They are just different.

At the same time, I can understand DoM's point about how Kate, as Princess W, might have to double her efforts to counteract the negative press about her shopping/holidays. It will be interesting to see how the media wave turns in her favor, however, when the time comes for engagement. At that point, it must certainly be in the media's interest to pump her up in a favorable light.
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:45 PM
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I agree that it would be difficult if not impossible for either of the princes' wives to work outside the royal family. They would be even "higher" than Prince Edward & Sophie, who hit roadblocks even in their comparatively "lesser" position. But at the same time, it's sad to think of Chelsy Davy going through all of her studies only to be Harry's wife, and it makes me almost wish her not to be Harry's wife, because it would be sad to see her lose any part of herself. She is too cool for that. As much as I love her with Harry, sometimes I think she is too good for the life she would have as his wife.
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Don't you find it at least a little bit unusual that a 27 year old woman, who graduated from college, doesn't have a job? All she does is party and go on hollidays. She might one day become a queen of Great Britain! Where does she get any experience?
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Old 08-12-2008, 06:54 AM
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Well, Royals have parties and holidays too, so maybe she'll be an ace hostess.
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Point taken Warren.

Maybe she will have honed her "Hostess" skills to perfection if and when they marry. As to having any sort of "job" outside of being William's wife . . . not a chance! She is going to be "The Face of English Royalty in the 21st Century" and everyone is going to want a piece of her. Poor thing!

Unfortunately Harry's wife will also be similarly "unemployable" as well. Allegations of "using family connections" etc. ad nauseum would abound. There is just no way of his wife having a normal "professional" career. Even when Prince William has himself an heir they will still be too close to the Throne for anyone to consider a career outside the BRF.

Of course, if Harry does marry Chelsy and she has a degree in law there might be more than a few areas her expertise could be used within "The Firm".
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It's interesting that Cherie Blair still continued to practice law as a high profile QC while her husband was Prime Minister, whereas the Sovereign's third son's wife had to give up her job. Based on Sophie's experience I doubt that a royal Chelsy would have the same latitude as allowed to Cherie.
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Old 08-12-2008, 10:28 AM
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I don´t know why Kate (or Catherine) Middleton would work, she doesn´t seem to have worked more than sporadically until now. It was said that she wanted a job as a photographer but when she said she wanted to go off whenever it was convenient to have holidays etc with the Prince they weren´t interested, so if there is an engagement or marriage I have no doubt she will not work, for her marrying a Prince seems to be a full time occupation.
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Don't you find it at least a little bit unusual that a 27 year old woman, who graduated from college, doesn't have a job? All she does is party and go on hollidays. She might one day become a queen of Great Britain! Where does she get any experience?
Why work if you don't have to? There is nothing magical about being tied to a set schedule and getting a paycheck. We have no idea what she is doing when not being photographed with William. One can spend a lifetime acquiring skills that are useful to a major royal role without going to the office in the morning.
A puritanical view that going to work is somehow more respectable than not is perhaps not everyone's view.
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Old 08-12-2008, 10:51 AM
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No I don't think they should work.
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Why work if you don't have to? There is nothing magical about being tied to a set schedule and getting a paycheck. We have no idea what she is doing when not being photographed with William. One can spend a lifetime acquiring skills that are useful to a major royal role without going to the office in the morning.
A puritanical view that going to work is somehow more respectable than not is perhaps not everyone's view.
It wouldn´t matter to me but wasn´t it the Queen who would be her future grandmother-in-law as well as sovereign that mentioned it?
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Old 08-12-2008, 11:33 AM
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Only if you believe the tabloids. I have a hard time imagining the Queen talking to a reporter for the DM about her displeasure in Kate's work ethic.
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