Royals who’ve held down real-life jobs – from personal shopper to PR executive

Prince William has opened up about his experiences working as air ambulance pilot and how he felt the strain when attending calls in the “most stressful conditions”. But he isn’t the only royal who has held down a job in the real world…

Prince William previously worked as an air ambulance pilot
Prince William previously worked as an air ambulance pilot

Prince William is a full-time working royal attending engagements up and down the country and even overseas.

But earlier this week, he opened up about his experiences of working as an air ambulance pilot with the East Anglia Air Ambulance after a stint with the RAF Search and Rescue.

The prince told of the strain he sometimes felt working on as a frontline emergency responder and how he tried not to let it affect is family life.

But William isn’t the only royal to have held down a job in the real world – many of his relatives have also worked for a living.

But what positions have they held? Here we take a look…

Kate Middleton

Kate worked for a living before becoming a royal



The Duchess of Cambridge only joined the Royal Family when she married William in April 2011.

But before that, she had to earn her living like the rest of us – and her pre-royal life saw her spend some time working for her parents’ hugely successful firm Party Pieces, a party supplies business.

Here her duties included taking photos, producing catalogues and helping with marketing.

Aside from this, she also had a stint working as an accessories buyer for fashion chain Jigsaw although she reportedly quit the position when the photographers following her to and from work became too much.

Prince harry

Prince Harry spent 10 years in the military


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Like many of his male relatives, Prince Harry spent time in the Armed Forces, rising to the rank of captain in the Army.

He completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan and spent a total of 10 years in the military.

Upon leaving, he became a working royal but following he and wife Meghan Markle’s decision to quit as senior royals and become “financially independent”, the couple have signed several big business deals and taken on several jobs.

In March, it was announced he had been appointed chief impact officer at BetterUp, a Silicon Valley start-up.

While in October, it was revealed he and Meghan had become partners in a New York-based sustainable investment firm.

Called Ethic, the firm advises its wealthy clients on investing their money in companies that priortise issues such as climate change and human rights.

Meghan Markle

Meghan held down a number of jobs before landing her role on Suits


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Of course, it’s well-known that Meghan was a successful actress with a leading role in legal drama Suits.

But before this, when she was a jobbing actress, Meghan held down several jobs to get by.

These included being a briefcase girl on the US version of Deal or No Deal, selling frozen yoghurt, teaching calligraphy and being a waitress.

Now, like her husband Harry after quitting the royal family, she too has signed several big-money business deals and is also a partner in investment firm Ethic.

Sophie Wessex

Prince Edward with wife Sophie Wessex


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Sophie Wessex is now thought to be one of the ‘magnificent seven’ royals that will step up to help ease the Queen’s workload.

But before she married Prince Edward and became a working royal she had a very successful career in PR.

She worked for several firms and even spent four years working in Capital Radio’s press and promotions department.

Sophie set up her own PR company called RJH Public Relations, with her business partner, Murray Harkin, which she quit in 2002.

Princess Beatrice

Princess Beatrice, who has an impressive job title



Like most of her cousins, Princess Beatrice attended university gaining a degree in history from Goldsmiths University.

And while she figured out her career path, she worked as a sales assistant in Selfridges and even did a stint as an extra on a film set.

She’s also worked as an intern at Sony Pictures but is currently the vice president of partnerships and strategy at American software company Afiniti.

Princess Eugenie

Eugenie with her older sister Beatrice


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Like her older sister, Princess Eugenie holds down a full-time job – despite her royal title.

She too attended university and gained a degree in English literature and history of art at the University of Newcastle.

In 2013, she moved to New York to work for online auction firm Paddle8. After a two-year stint in the Big Apple, she came back to London and is now an associate director at the Hauser & Wirth art gallery.

Peter Phillips

The Queen’s oldest grandchild, Peter Phillips


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He is the Queen’s oldest grandchild but holds no royal title – the same as his younger sister Zara.

And Peter Phillips has had a variety of jobs throughout the years, starting his career as a corporate hospitality manager for Jaguar.

He became sponsorship accounts manager for Williams racing team then in 2005 joined the Royal Bank of Scotland and designed and ran their first global Formula One sponsorship programme.

In March 2012 he, alongside long-term friend and mentor James Erskine, set up Sports & Entertainment UK Ltd which has the address Buckingham Palace Road.

The firm describes itself as a “sports and entertainment agency specialising in large scale event delivery, sponsorship and consultancy”.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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