Backseat role for Kate Middleton as focus turns to family

Friday November 19, 2010

When Kate Middleton embarks on married life with Prince William, she will not do so as a working princess.

It has been revealed that not only will the 28-year-old leave her job at her parents' family business after the royal wedding, but she won't be taking up full-time royal duties either.

Instead, St James Palace has confirmed that, for a time, Kate will attend official events only on the arm of her new husband.

And she will not be getting her own office, but will share staff with her spouse.

A spokesman has said: "Prince William wants to initiate her properly into the job, so at first she will not undertake any solo engagements.

"If Miss Middleton is free before the wedding, she may join the prince on engagements but that decision will be taken on a case-by-case basis."

While her future position aims to ease Kate into her role, it has also sparked speculation that the royal couple will try to have a baby soon after the wedding.

Speaking on Tuesday after their engagement announcement, Kate, who turns 29 in January, said: "I hope we will be able to have a happy family ourselves."

Her fiancé added: "I think we'll take it one step at a time. We'll sort of get over the marriage first and then maybe look at kids.

"But obviously we want a family so we'll have to start thinking about that."

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