All Kate Middleton ever wanted was ‘a country house, lots of kids, dogs and an AGA’

All Kate Middleton ever wanted was ‘a country house, lots of kids, dogs and an AGA’ and had ‘no interest in being famous’, a friend claims.

  • Kate Middleton had no interest in fame, a family friend has claimed before the sun
  • Comes when the Duchess turns 40 next week with a small family reunion
  • A family friend of the Duchess claimed: “All Catherine ever wanted was a country house, lots of children, dogs and an AGA”










Kate Middleton was not interested in fame, and all she wanted was ‘a quiet country life’, a friend has claimed.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who turns 40 this week, has become one of the most famous women in the world since she married Prince William. But she had no interest in fame or a ‘big job’ and was hoping for a quiet life when she was growing up, according to a close friend.

Instead of the glitter and glamor of royal life, Kate – who shares her time between Anmer Hall in Norfolk and Kensington Palace in central London – just hoped for a life similar to the way she grew up in rural Berkshire.

Royal correspondent Emily Andrews writes in the sun on Sunday a family friend of the royal once told her: ‘All Catherine ever wanted was a country house, lots of children, dogs and an AGA. She was not interested in having a big job or becoming famous.

Kate Middleton was not interested in fame, and all she wanted was 'a quiet country life', a friend has claimed.  She is pictured with Prince William

Kate Middleton was not interested in fame, and all she wanted was ‘a quiet country life’, a friend has claimed. She is pictured with Prince William

‘Family life is incredibly important to her and motherhood has created her. Now that she feels she has achieved that, there is time to turn to her public role and what she wants to achieve there. ‘

And despite being thought of as one of the most glamorous women in the world, Kate is also conscious of her looks.

In memory of a meeting with the Duchess shortly after she gave birth to Princess Charlotte in 2015, Mrs Andrews revealed that she complimented Kate on her new hairstyle – to which she replied: ‘Are you sure it suits me? Don’t you think it looks too muddy? I was a little worried … ‘

It comes amid reports that the Duchess of Cambridge’s 40th birthday will be muted – just like her Christmas – because of the Covid risk.

Instead of a big party, the Duchess is expected to have a much smaller affair with only family and close friends.

Royal correspondent Emily Andrews wrote in the sun on Sunday, claiming that a friend of the royal family once told her: 'All Catherine has ever wished for was a country house, lots of children, dogs and an AGA.  She was not interested in having a big job or becoming famous.

Royal correspondent Emily Andrews wrote in the sun on Sunday, claiming that a friend of the royal family once told her: ‘All Catherine has ever wished for was a country house, lots of children, dogs and an AGA. She was not interested in having a big job or becoming famous. ” She is pictured on her Christmas card for 2020 with George, William, Louis and Charlotte

Kate and William – who on Friday unveiled a photograph of themselves on their way to last year’s James Bond premiere that coincided with New Year’s Eve – missed the traditional royal family’s Christmas celebration after the queen was forced to cancel her plans for to host the festivities in Sandringham.

Due to fears of the Omicron Covid variant, a small lunch was held at Windsor Castle, while the Cambridges hosted Kate’s family in Anmer Hall, their country house on the Sandringham estate.

A source told Mail on Sunday: ‘There are likely subdued festivities for the Duchess. She still did not want anything flashy – it’s not exactly her thing – but especially given the current climate, everything is likely to be scaled down. ‘

Instead of a big party, the Duchess is expected to have a much smaller affair with only family and close friends

Instead of a big party, the Duchess is expected to have a much smaller affair with only family and close friends

It happened when her former private secretary, Rebecca Priestley (nee Deacon), who worked for the Duchess for seven years, told the Daily Mail how the newlyweds William and Kate seized the daunting task of a life committed to public service together, as if it were a ‘blank piece of paper’.

All three were in Anglesey in 2011, where the couple had chosen to spend their first year of marriage while William worked as an RAF Search and Rescue pilot.

Rebecca says of their conversation: ‘I said,’ Well, what then? You have the philanthropic world at your feet. There are so many directions you can go in terms of cases you can get involved in. ‘

‘Catherine [as William prefers her to be known] had obviously put a lot of thought into it and made it very clear that for her it was about listening and learning ».

For his part, William had imprinted on his bride the need for them to take their time.

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