She’s seen as part of the bright future for the UK’s monarchy and is beloved as the Duchess of Cambridge. However, Kate Middleton wasn’t always viewed in that way and was even briefly branded of not being “worthy” of joining the royal family at all, according to a resurfaced claim.

According to the book “Game of Crowns,” published in 2016, prior to Middleton’s marriage to Prince William, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, who married William’s father Prince Charles in 2005, allegedly stated that Middleton was “too common” and “not worthy” of joining the Royals at all. He doubled down on the claims during a 2017 interview, according to Express UK.

“Camilla is a bit of a snob,” he said. “She’s an aristocrat, she has always been moving in Royal circles. She had always thought of herself as the heiress to Alice Keppel, her great-grandmother, who was the mistress of Edward VII. She was very proud of that connection, she boasted about that as a child and as an adult and that’s what she intended to be; part of the Royal circle in the role of mistress to the future king, and then the king.”

“She did not look at Kate as someone who was worthy of joining the Royal Family,” he added. “Kate is the first working-class woman to be accepted into the Royal Family. She is descended from coal miners and her mother was a flight attendant. So for all those reasons Camilla never really felt that Kate Middleton as an individual and the Middleton family as a whole were going to be worthy of entering into the Royal Family.”

He also claimed that William and Kate’s brief break-up in 2007 was actually due to Camilla’s prodding Prince Charles and encouraging it.

Of course, regardless of how the Duchess of Cornwall may have felt about Middleton, Prince William did go on to decide she was the perfect woman for him, and the pair went on to become engaged in 2010 and marry in 2011. They’ve since welcomed three children together as well.

Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton arrives to launch a new national support line at the charity Family Action on Jan. 22, 2019 in Lewisham, England.  Getty Images/Adrian Dennis