Kate to be housewife for two-years

Updated: May 03, 2011, 16:40 PM IST

London: The new Duchess of Cambridge has revealed that she will not become a full-time working Royal for two-years, as she wants to concentrate on being a housewife.

Kate has refused to conduct any public engagements without William, and there are only two or three joint events planned for the next couple of months.

She has told friends that she wants to enjoy life for as long as she can as an “ordinary RAF wife” in the rented farmhouse the couple share in North Wales.

“Catherine wants to enjoy her time with William as an RAF wife,” the Daily Mail quoted a friend as saying.

“It’s so rare that someone in her position gets the chance to live as a normal wife and she intends to make the most of it,” the friend said.

And sources have revealed that she wants to model herself on the Duchess of Cornwall, who insisted on only a “supporting role” following her 2005 marriage to Prince Charles.

Her approach has the support of her husband who is keen not to throw Kate into the “bear-pit” of public life and has cautioned aides to keep her commitments to a minimum.

Aides insist she “will not be idle” and say that when William, who works as a search and rescue pilot at RAF Valley on Anglesey, is on duty she will be “pursuing other interests”.

“The couple will do things as a pair after their marriage and for the foreseeable future,” the source said.

“Catherine will not be conducting any solo engagements. The number of engagements she does with William will remain pretty level.

‘Prince William has a full-time job he has to work round and that is his priority.

“He is committed to it for at least another two years so nothing much will change in the immediate future, apart from the fact that he and Catherine will take part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations next year.

“He is already committed to a number of charitable patronages and Catherine will, initially at least, support him in that as his wife.

“She will, in time, become associated with her own charities but this won’t happen immediately as she wants to explore the fields that interest her first,” the source added.