Royals’ jobs before marrying Prince or Princess – including Queen Consort Camilla

They're now best known for being members of the Royal Family, but those who married into the Firm once had successful careers in a variety of industries.

Most who wed a Prince or Princess give up their day job in order to dedicate their time to being a working member of the Royal Family, and some of their former occupations may come as a surprise.

Camilla, Queen Consort worked as a secretary prior to marrying King Charles, while Sophie, Countess of Wessex had a thriving career in public relations.

Here, we take a look at some of the Royals' previous jobs…

Camilla, Queen Consort

Camilla, Queen Consort was educated at Dumbrells School in Sussex and Queen's Gate School in South Kensington, before travelling abroad to go to Mon Fertile and finish school in Switzerland.

After completing the course, Camilla then studied French and French Literature at the University of London Institute in Paris.

The 75 year old went on to work as a secretary for several firms in the West End before becoming a receptionist for the decorating firm Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler in Mayfair.

Camilla married King Charles, 74, in 2005 in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall.

Kate Middleton

The Princess of Wales studied history of art at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and worked as a part-time waitress during her studies.

After graduating, she became a part-time accessory buyer with the clothing chain Jigsaw and had also worked at her parents' successful party supply company.

Kate, 41, quit her job in 2006 as her relationship with Prince William, 40, became more serious and the public attention that came with being the girlfriend of the future King grew.

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle was a successful actress before meeting now-husband Prince Harry, with most recognising her for her role as Rachel Zane in the hit series Suits.

The 41 year old graduated with a bachelor's degree in theatre and international studies from Illinois' Northwestern University in 2003 and went on to star in shows such as 90210, Without a Trace, Castle and Horrible Bosses. She also appeared on Do or No Deal as a suitcase model.

Alongside her acting career, Meghan ran the successful online blog The Tig and became the Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada in 2016.

She shut down her blog and turned her back on acting after falling for Harry, 38, and the pair tied the knot in 2018 at St George's Chapel, Windsor.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex

Sophie, Countess of Wessex had a successful career in public relations before she married Prince Edward in 1999.

The 58 year old worked for a variety of firms including Capital Radio, where she worked for four years, as well as public relations companies The Quentin Bell Organisation and MacLaurin Communications & Media.

In 1996, she launched her own PR agency, RJH Public Relations, alongside her business partner Murray Harkin. The pair ran the company for five years together.

Sophie also previously worked as a ski rep in Switzerland and enjoyed a year of travelling and working in Australia.

Jack Brooksbank

Jack Brooksbank married Princess Eugenie in 2018 and the couple are parents to one year old son August.

Jack, 36, has carved a career in the hospitality industry, with his first job being as a bartender before becoming the manager of swanky Mayfair nightclub Mahiki.

He then went on to work as a brand ambassador for Casamigos tequila and was also reported to have his own wine wholesale business at one point.

In 2022, Jack landed a role in marketing, sales and promotion for property developer Michael Meldman's Discovery Land Company, which is based in Portugal.

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark was born and raised in Australia. She studied commerce and law at the University of Tasmania before completing a graduate degree in advertising.

Crown Princess Mary went on to carve out an impressive career in the advertising industry, before then meeting now-husband Prince Frederik in a pub in Sydney in 2000.

Princess Marie of Denmark

Princess Marie of Denmark was born in Paris and grew up in Switzerland, and she studied all across the world.

She studied at both Babson College in Massachusetts and Marymount Manhattan College in New York, and during her studies she worked in the public relations department at Estée Lauder.

After graduating, Princess Marie headed back to Europe and worked for various marketing firms located in Switzerland and France.

She married Prince Joachim of Denmark in 2008.

Queen Letizia of Spain

Queen Letizia of Spain actually met her now-husband King Felipe thanks to her previous career as a journalist.

During a work visit to northern Spain in 2002, Queen Letizia met Felipe and the pair went on the tie the knot in 2004.

She worked as a journalist for ABC and EFE before becoming a news anchor at CNN+ and Televisión Española.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands

Prior to marrying King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands in 2003, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands enjoyed a variety of careers.

Maxima graduated with a degree in economics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina in 1995, before going on to study in the US.

She worked in sales and economics for various companies, and was also once an English and maths teacher.

Queen Rania of Jordan

She became the Queen of Jordan in 1999, but prior to this Queen Rania worked in marketing.

She graduated from the American University in Cairo with a degree in business administration and went on to briefly work for Citibank before joining the marketing team at Apple Inc. in Amman.

Princess Charlene of Monaco

Princess Charlene married Prince Albert II of Monaco in 2011, but prior to their marriage she was a professional swimmer.

Charlene began her swimming career in 1996 and went on to represent South Africa at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, with her team finishing in fifth place. She retired from professional swimming in 2007.

She met now-husband Albert at a swimming competition in Monaco in 2000 and they went on to tie the knot in July 2011.

Crown Princess Masako of Japan

Crown Princess Masako of Japan was educated at Harvard and Oxford and was previously had a career as a diplomat, before marrying Naruhito in 1993.

She is fluent in English and French after learning in 1983 at the University Center for French Studies at Université Grenoble Alpes.

Queen Mathilde of Belgium

Queen Mathilde of Belgium graduated with a degree in speech therapy from the Institut Libre Marie Haps in Brussels, before going on to open her own speech therapy practice.

Mathilde also worked part-time in a primary school and is fluent in French, Dutch, English and Italian.

She studied psychology at the Université catholique de Louvain and also earned a master's degree in psychology in 2002.

She married Philippe of Belgium in 1999.

Queen Silvia of Sweden

Queen Silvia of Sweden married Carl XVI Gustaf in 1976, but prior to this she worked in various different roles.

Silvia worked at the Argentine Consulate in Munch and became an education host during the Summer Olympics in 1972. She also served as the Deputy Head of Protocol in the Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria.

Silvia briefly worked as a flight attendant and is trained in Swedish Sign Language. She's fluent in six different languages and is a trained interpreter.

Princess Sofia of Sweden

Princess Sofia of Sweden married Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland in 2015, but she was no stranger to fame before joining the Royal Family.

Sofia was once a glamour model and also appeared on the Swedish version of reality show Paradise Hotel. She's also a qualified yoga instructor.

Prince Daniel of Sweden

Prince Daniel of Sweden has a love of fitness and was a personal trainer before joining the Royal Family.

He was also a gym owner and ran three gyms, called Balance Training, in Stockholm.

Daniel met his now-wife Crown Princess Victoria when he became her person trainer, and the pair went on to tie the knot in 2010.

Despite becoming a senior royal, he continued his studies in several subjects, including physiology, physical activity, and health.


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