Duchess Kate reveals the surprising job she had at university and how she was ‘terrible’ at it

By Heather Cichowski

Duchess Kate has a very interesting time as a member of the Royal Family, but her life before she married Prince William was equally interesting. Royal fans got to hear more about one of her “regular” jobs during the A Berry Royal Christmas TV special with Mary Berry.

During the television program, which aired on Dec. 16 in the UK, the Duchess of Cambridge spoke to Mary about how she once worked as a restaurant server while studying at the University of St Andrews. And she admitted she wasn’t very good at it!

The special sees Mary accompany the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a series of visits to different charities, as they help give thanks to the diligent employees working over the holiday period. One of the trips includes a stop at The Brink, Liverpool’s first dry bar, which was set up by Kate’s patronage Action on Addiction.

During the visit, Mary makes non-alcoholic cocktails and asks Kate to deliver them to the guests.

"Reminds me of my university days when I did a bit of waitressing," the duchess says.

When Mary asks, "Were you good?" Kate laughs and replies, "No, I was terrible!"

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Despite the mom of three’s honest answer, it doesn't appear like she has any problems delivering the drinks to patrons!

In addition to visiting charities, Mary, Kate and William, plus, former Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain prepare a meal to thank all of the dedicated workers. And it doesn’t seem like Kate has any trouble in the kitchen, either!

The A Berry Royal Christmas TV special has provided some fascinating insight on a number of things. Besides Kate’s university job revelation, she also told Mary one of Prince Louis's first words was inspired by the cooking legend.

The special was also another time Kate borrowed from the Queen’s personal jewellery collection. For the festive show, the duchess wore Her Majesty's pearl earrings from her Silver Jubilee, with an Alessandra Rich polka-dot red dress.

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Kate’s time in the restaurant business also reminds us of some of the other fascinating jobs she had before she became a royal. Her most famous gig was as an accessories buyer for British high street clothing retailer Jigsaw. She took the job in 2006 after graduating from the University of St Andrews in 2005. The Duchess of Cambridge held the position for a year and balanced it with the spotlight increasingly focused on her being William’s girlfriend.

Kate arrives at the Sovereign’s Parade at The Royal Military Academy in Camberley with her dad, Michael Middleton, on Dec. 15, 2006. Prince William was among the 446 officer cadets on parade. Photo: © Tim Clarke/AFP via Getty Images

Kate then went to work for her parents Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton’s company, Party Pieces. The duchess’ younger sister Pippa Middleton also worked for the family business. Kate, who is the eldest child in her family, handled photography and editing catalogues, while younger sister Pippa edited the blog.

Kate’s career in the family business didn’t last too long because William and Kate announced their engagement in November 2010 and they married in April 2011.

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