Kate’s mum Ca­role breaks her si­lence She ‘put up with quite a lot’ from royal

Irish Sunday Mirror - - STYLE ON SUNDAY - BY HALINA WATTS Show­biz Editor

Meghan up­set Kate THE Duchess of Cam­bridge’s mum Ca­role Mid­dle­ton has given her first ever in­ter­view, open­ing up about her am­bi­tion and her daugh­ter’s child­hood.

Ca­role, 63, re­vealed she set up her party sup­plies firm when Kate, 36, was young as she wanted to be more than just a mum.

She said: “I had this strong feel­ing that I hadn’t achieved any­thing. I got mar­ried at 25, had Cather­ine at 26.” The fu­ture royal also mod­elled for her Party Pieces cat­a­logue, she told the Tele­graph.

The daugh­ter of a painter and dec­o­ra­tor, Ca­role said she left school at 16 to work on the shop floor at John Lewis – but found it “bor­ing”.

Melissa Toubati, 39, mys­te­ri­ously handed in her no­tice af­ter just six months with the Duchess of Sus­sex.

Now the rea­son she left her plum job in such a hurry can be re­vealed.

A source said: “Her job was highly pres­surised and in the end it be­came too much. She put up with quite a lot. Meghan put a lot of de­mands on her and it ended up with her in tears.

“She is hugely tal­ented and played a piv­otal role in the suc­cess of the royal wed­ding.

“She’ll be missed by every­one in the house­hold. Melissa is a to­tal pro­fes­sional and fan­tas­tic at her job, but things came to a head and it was eas­ier for them both to go their sep­a­rate ways.”

News of the rea­son for her res­ig­na­tion comes amid a se­ries of re­ports about 37-year-old Meghan’s un­con­ven­tional treat­ment of royal staff.

Yes­ter­day it emerged she kicked up a stink ahead of her mar­riage to Prince Harry by de­mand­ing air fresh­en­ers in Wind­sor Cas­tle.

The ex-suits star was re­port­edly un­happy at the “musty” smell in St Ac­tress Ayda George’s Chapel – but courtiers said no. Other sources have sug­gested Meghan has been dic­ta­to­rial, of­ten email­ing staff re­quests at 5am. It’s also been claimed her head-on ap­proach even led to a fall-out with her sis­ter-in-law, the Duchess of Cam­bridge. Kate, 36, was re­port­edly left in tears by Meghan’s de­mands over Princess Char­lotte’s brides­maid dress. Harry and Meghan now plan to move to Frog­more House in Wind­sor rather than be Kens­ing­ton Palace neigh­bours with Kate and Prince Wil­liam, 36. Melissa pre­vi­ously worked for Rob­bie Wil­liams, 44, and wife Ayda Field, 39. When she quit as Meghan’s PA, a palace source was au­tho­rised to praise her and the role she played or­gan­is­ing May’s royal wed­ding. The run-up to it was de­tailed by royal bi­og­ra­pher Robert Job­son in Charles At Seventy. He claimed Meghan’s wed­ding prepa­ra­tions were so stress­ful Harry got ‘petu­lant’ with staff. He wrote: “Rais­ing his voice on oc­ca­sion, Harry would in­sist: ‘What Meghan wants, she gets.’” Yes­ter­day one royal source leapt to Meghan’s de­fence: “She is sim­ply not afraid to ex­press her opin­ion. “While many find her a lit­tle pushy there are many in the royal house­hold who have quickly taken to her.” Last night the Palace de­clined to com­ment. [email protected]­daymir­ror.co.uk Melissa wept


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