Members of the royal family who have held real jobs – from personal shopper to public relations manager

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Prince William spoke about his experiences working as an air ambulance pilot and how he felt the strain when responding to calls under “the most stressful conditions”. But he’s not the only royal to have held a job in the real world …

Prince William previously worked as an air ambulance pilot

Prince William is a royal who works full time and attends engagements across the country and even overseas.

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

The prince recounted the strain he sometimes felt working as a frontline emergency responder and how he tried not to let that affect his family life.

But William is not the only royal to have held a job in the real world – many of his relatives have also worked for a living.

But what positions did they hold? Here we take a look …

Kate Middleton







Kate worked for a living before she became a royal
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The Duchess of Cambridge only joined the royal family when she married William in April 2011.

But before that, she had to make a living like the rest of us – and her pre-royal life saw her spending time working for her parents’ successful Party Pieces company, a party supplies company. .

Here, his duties included taking photos, producing catalogs and helping with marketing.

Apart from that, she also worked as an accessories buyer for the fashion chain Jigsaw, although she reportedly left the job when the photographers who followed her to and from the job became too numerous.

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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, reaching the rank of captain in the military.

He completed two periods of service in Afghanistan and spent a total of 10 years in the military.

Upon his departure, he became an active royal, but following the decision by him and his wife Meghan Markle to leave the royal family and become “financially independent”, the couple signed several important trade deals and held several jobs.

In March, it was announced that he had been appointed Chief Impact Officer at BetterUp, a Silicon Valley start-up.

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

Called Ethic, the firm advises high net worth clients on investing their money in companies that prioritize issues such as climate change and human rights.

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Meghan held several jobs before landing her role in Suits
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Of course, it is well known that Meghan was a successful actress with a leading role in the legal drama Suits.

But before that, when she was an actress, Meghan worked several jobs to get by.

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

Today, like her husband Harry after leaving the royal family, she has also signed several important trade agreements and is also a partner in investment firm Ethic.

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Sophie Wessex is now considered one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ members of the Royal Family who will step up to help ease the Queen’s workload.

But before marrying Prince Edward and becoming an active royal, she had a very successful career in public relations.

She worked for several firms and even spent four years in the press and promotions department of Capital Radio.

Sophie started her own public relations company called RJH Public Relations, with her business partner, Murray Harkin, whom she left in 2002.

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Princess Beatrice, who has an impressive job title
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Like most of her cousins, Princess Beatrice attended college and earned a degree in history from Goldsmiths University.

And while she was reflecting on her career path, she worked as a sales assistant at Selfridges and even made a stint as an extra on a film set.

She also worked as an intern at Sony Pictures, but is currently vice president of partnerships and strategy at US software company Afiniti.

Princess Eugenie







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

She also attended university and obtained a degree in English Literature and Art History from Newcastle University.

In 2013, she moved to New York City to work for online auction company Paddle8. After spending two years in the Big Apple, she returned to London and is now Associate Director of the Hauser & Wirth art gallery.

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The Queen’s eldest grandson, Peter Phillips
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He is the Queen’s eldest grandson but holds no royal title – the same as his younger sister Zara.

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

He became head of sponsorship accounts for the Williams racing team, then in 2005 joined the Royal Bank of Scotland and designed and run its first global Formula 1 sponsorship program.

In March 2012 he, together with his longtime friend and mentor James Erskine, established Sports & Entertainment UK Ltd with address at Buckingham Palace Road.

The company describes itself as a “sports and entertainment agency specializing in large-scale event delivery, sponsorship and advice.”

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