- These days, it's hard to imagine the royal family without Kate Middleton, but back when she and Prince William were dating, at least some royal insiders reportedly didn't think she was a "suitable" match.
- When Will and Kate split briefly in 2007, reports suggested that comments Will's friends and courtiers had made about her mother, Carole Middleton, contributed to their breakup.
- "William's upper-crust friends would ridicule Carole's former career [as a flight attendant] by sneeringly whispering 'doors to manual' when Kate was out of earshot," the Mirror reported at the time. "And courtiers claimed the brunette was unsuitable for William as her mum did not speak in a posh enough way."
According to the Mirror, Kate felt "isolated" at the time because of "snobby jibes" that Palace officials and friends of William were making about her mom, Carole Middleton. In fact, back in 2007, the Mirror even reported that these comments had "helped sink her relationship" with Will when the couple briefly split.
Apparently, the "jibes" were often about Carole's former career as a flight attendant, of all things.
"William's upper-crust friends would ridicule Carole's former career by sneeringly whispering 'doors to manual' when Kate was out of earshot," the Mirror reported at the time. "And courtiers claimed the brunette was unsuitable for William as her mum did not speak in a posh enough way."
"Put bluntly, the Queen seems to like Kate's father, Michael, but the courtiers sense that there are big question marks over the mother," a royal source told the Daily Mail in 2007. "She is pushy, rather twee and incredibly middle-class. She uses words such as 'Pleased to meet you,' 'toilet' and 'pardon.'"
In the words of Cher Horowitz: Way harsh, Tai.
Even in the midst of the couple's breakup, however, royal sources made it clear that William had always gotten along with his future mother-in-law—even if people in his inner circle weren't fans.
"William got on well with Carole. He liked flopping down on the sofas in their Berkshire home, enjoying the normality of that," a second source told the Mail. "The Queen was fond of Kate and liked her father, but let's just say there was a feeling that Mrs. Middleton was not right or acceptable."