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Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 01/24/2011

A cause for Kate?

By Autumn Brewington

Royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton is reportedly considering becoming patron of a charity that offers alternative health treatments.

According to the Telegraph, the charity, called Changez, has received a letter from Kate confirming her interest. Co-founder Kate Hudson Hall, told the paper: "The letter said she was considering us as a charity to support. I am hopeful."

The paper said Changez aims to offer counseling, clinical hypnotherapy and other services "for people experiencing feelings of distress or suffering trauma."

Members of the royal family traditionally promote numerous causes, and their public appearances are often linked to organizations with which they are affiliated. Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, started a foundation in 2009 to help support issues they care about; details of William's charity associations are available here.

Before her engagement, Kate was criticized in the media for not having a "proper" job. Tabloids dubbed her Waitie Katie, and articles about her frequently mentioned that she was reported to be working for her parents but had not held a full-time position for another employer since graduating from college. (Kate worked part time as an accessories buyer for the retailer Jigsaw from 2006 to late-2007.) Some pundits suggested that Kate should do charity work, both to be seen using her time constructively and also to prepare for life in the royal fishbowl. Her parents' business has publicly supported Starlight Children's Foundation, and her reported association with charitable events last year sparked some to wonder whether an engagement announcement might be imminent.

The Telegraph article suggests Kate is moving toward the royal duties she will be expected to take on as William's wife. A palace spokesman told the paper "it is too soon to say which charities will enjoy the patronage of the future princess."

By Autumn Brewington  | January 24, 2011; 11:07 AM ET
Categories:  Kate Middleton  | Tags:  Autumn Brewington  
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