I'm not what one might call an international news junkie, but some headlines just catch your eye...
My first reaction: Oh no! Was something wrong? Was someone being cruel to her? Has she actually always wanted to be a writer and decided now was as good a time as any to finally pursue her dream (please that, please that)? MyDaily: She Found Out Her Fiance Was Gay
Oh. Well then.
My second reaction was to roll my eyes, shake my head and say something to the effect of, "must be nice..." Then my feminist-leaning brain kicked in, and I added a, "that's not sending the right message to young, British women," and, "something like this would never fly in America." What preparing does she have to do?? There must be a Royal Wedding Invitation Designer, a Royal Wedding Cake Decorator, a Royal Wedding '80s Cover Band, and, of course, a Royal Wedding Planner to coordinate all those pre-approved professional photos. She's already in good shape. She can't possibly have to do her own seating chart. And if she and Will intend to spend nights and weekends registering with that plastic gun thing at Crate & Barrel, well, I'll eat my fit-for-a-princess hat. MyDaily: Financial Infidelity: Would You Lie About Money To Your Significant Other?
What exactly is so time-consuming about this planning process that would prevent her from personal and social duty to contribute to the English work force?
The answer for we mere mortals is, nothing.
The answer for Kate Middleton, future Queen of England, is, it doesn't matter.
Prior to leaving her job, Kate worked for her parents' business, Party Pieces, a very successful party-supply and planning firm where she worked for most of her teen and adult life. Kate has also worked at Jigsaw (a women's clothing line), as a photographer, Web designer, marketer and event organizer.
While by no means do I intend to insult any of those fields or demean what Kate's role might have been at her parents' firm, she did not leave her job running a nonprofit, working in a hospital or teaching third grade. I suspect that she transitioned her work to a colleague or had some willing and able young person hired in her place, and I suspect that she exited with her parents' blessing. The world will continue to turn, and effectively, without Kate Middleton at the helm of a division of the party-planning empire.