She’s the mother-in-law of a future king and the grandmother to another yet we’ve hardly ever heard from Carole Middleton, mom to Duchess Kate.
That changed over the weekend when British newspaper The Telegraph published the first-ever interview with Middleton, 63. It was a long time coming, 13 years after her daughter began dating Prince William at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The pair have been married for seven years and have three children.
Though much of the interview focuses on the 30th anniversary of her mail-order party-supply business, Party Pieces, there were a few nuggets about her daughter and famous in-laws.
Here’s what we learned:
The mother of the future queen of England once lived in public housing: Middleton, whose maiden name was Goldsmith, spent the first six months of her life living in a government-subsidized apartment and left high school at 16 before returning to finish her degree. However, because her parents couldn’t afford college, she decided, “I’d see if I could get a bit of money together and fund myself.”
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