Queen Elizabeth II had three grave concerns about Prince William’s wife Kate Middleton.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s courtship lasted for almost a decade. However, unlike Meghan Markle, Middleton remained in the background for years before she was officially recognized as the royal girlfriend of the future king.

According to several royal experts, Queen Elizabeth II had a number of concerns about Middleton. Here are the three grave concerns Her Majesty had before Middleton joined the royal family.

Duchess’ dedication

According to royal expert Phil Dampier, there was a time when the monarch was worried about Middleton’s dedication. The Queen reportedly felt that Middleton wasn’t doing enough.

“There was a phase where she appeared to be doing very little really,” Dampier recalled. “The Queen once remarked Kate doesn’t do very much so I think she had a fairly long entrance to the Royal family.”

Some royal fans noticed this too and even called Middleton “lazy.” Earlier this year, one netizen took to Twitter and said that she was disappointed in Middleton because the duchess was still not in the level she expected her to be eight years after joining the Firm. For her, Middleton was stuck at year 1. Another called Prince William’s wife “duchess do little.”

2. Middleton’s lifestyle

There was a time when Middleton had no full-time job and was always partying. She was always vacationing in Mustique to the point that the press dubbed her the “Queen of Mustique.”

The future queen consort was also fond of going to parties and clubbing. She had been photographed arriving and leaving nightclubs in London that she became a staple to photo editors. Queen Elizabeth II stepped in and encouraged Middleton to get involved in charities.

3. Middleton’s career and identity

Queen Elizabeth II is one of the hardest working royals and she felt that it was unacceptable for a future member of the royal family to join the Firm if she doesn’t have a full-time job.

“Privately she [the Queen] had grave concerns and believed that Kate needed to have a job and an identity in her own right before an engagement was announced,” Katie Nicholl said. “It is Her Majesty’s opinion that if Kate is one day going to be William’s consort, then she needs a proper job.”

Kate Middleton, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William
Kate Middleton, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William watch part of a children's sports event while visiting Vernon Park during a Diamond Jubilee visit to Nottingham on June 13, 2012 in Nottingham, England. Getty Images/Phil Noble