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Two more articles & some pictures dating from 2008.The Triumph of Kate Middleton: She tightens her grip on Prince William
. [January 2008]
Not so "Waity Katy", as many of her circle have begun to call her (never, needless to say, to her face) in reference to the fact that waiting for the prince to put a ring on her finger seems to be the primary objective in her life.If Kate Middleton wants to marry Prince William, she'll get him
This is even more true since she quit her four-days-a-week job as an accessories buyer for Jigsaw in late autumn, citing the need, at 25, for "some time to herself".
At the time, she declared an interest in photography, and has since helped oversee a photography exhibition of celebrity portraits at Terence Conran's The Bluebird restaurant on London's fashionable King's Road.
But, that apart, it's not clear quite how Kate does fill the days.
Her main activities seem to encompass shooting parties with her royal boyfriend, riding lessons in Berkshire, stalking deer with William in Scotland or sleeping off the after-effects of yet another night at Boujis.
Many girls might feel vulnerable in such a position. After all, Kate has already had the bitter, if short-lived, opportunity to see how life might look if her potential royal future - the money, the palaces, the entire life that has sucked her in - were taken away, and how frighteningly easily it can be closed down in the blink of an eye.
And to be fair, the relationship has moved forward to such an extent that she's not afraid to be sighted tripping out of Clarence House on the mornings when William is in London.
"William would be considered an utter cad to dump her again, which ties his hands somewhat - and she knows it," says one royal observer.
Friends do say that the couple are "closer than ever" and that "there is a maturity to their relationship that wasn't there before".
That's not to say the romance isn't without its glitches.
There was something of a bust-up in December when William accompanied his stepmother, the Duchess of Cornwall, and her two grown-up children, Laura and Tom Parker-Bowles, for dinner at Scott's restaurant in Mayfair. Kate, apparently, felt that she ought to have been invited, too.
And the determined Miss Middleton recently "went ballistic", say friends, when she discovered William had been confiding in two of his close female friends, rather than exclusively sharing his feelings with her.
She was particularly rattled because he had been talking to the two young women about his feelings for his late mother and the ongoing inquest into her death, an understandably sensitive subject on which the Prince is normally reluctant to speak.
It didn't help, either, that one of William's confidantes was his former girlfriend Jecca Craig, while the other was old friend, American-based Tamara Rosenberg.
There is also some cynicism about how easily he could actually find another girlfriend.
During Kate and William's split last year, he is said to have "tested the waters with at least five serious could-be-wife choices", all of whom, apparently, "shot him down like a pheasant at Sandringham. He found out that it's a cold, lonely world out there".
Given that Kate goes to nightclubs almost as much as Prince Harry, this rather indicates that she is going to have to up her game before she gets the final nod of approval from her boyfriends grandmother.
This issue of Kates partying is one that isnt going to go away. For someone who is said to be "amazingly bright" by one of her teachers, and has completed a degree from the leading university St Andrews, its rather odd that she does no work at all. Even "ravey Chelsy Davy" is undertaking a post-graduate degree at the unglamorous Leeds University, which has the merit of making her look quite serious-minded during those times when shes not downing giant cocktails with her boyfriend, Prince Harry.
Still, there doesnt seem to be any doubt in anyones mind that the question of an engagement between the couple, who met seven years ago at St Andrews University, is one of "when" not "if". "Hes compromised her, really," a peer of the realm whispered to me. "Hes going to have to marry her now. If he doesnt, hell be accused of having stolen her twenties. It looks like he just wants to get his military services completed first, but needs to keep her 'on ice in the meantime. Hence, perhaps, the Girlfriend status."
"She always looks to me like the cat thats got the cream," laughs Seward. "If she wants William, shell get him."