Mrs Middleton, 64, owns a party business called Party Pieces which throws hen-nights and various parties. After starting the business three decades ago, a number of former employees interviewed by The Mail on Sunday have said there is another side to Mrs Middleton. One employee alleged they received 71 emails from the businesswoman in one day. Other former staff have alleged she will click her fingers to get their attention when she is under pressure.
Some staff claimed the sound of her Range Rover pulling up outside the office puts them “on edge”.
Others claimed to have said the same thing after working in a “stressful” environment which has been made worse over the past year as the company struggled to compete in the market with bigger brands.
Earlier this month, it emerged that Party Pieces had to lay off members of staff due amid fears for the future.
Although Mrs Middleton does not try to reap the benefits of her daughter’s royal status, staff have said sales “soared” after Kate and William’s wedding in 2011.
A company spokesman said its structure was being “reviewed to align with its financial targets”.
During an interview last year, Mrs Middleton commented on how much she loved the festive season and loved to decorate her home with Christmas trees.
However, one former member of staff claimed the office remained bare for the festive season.
However, Kate’s father Michael Middleton, who deals with the financial side of the business, is seen as a mediator during disputes.
Staff describe him as a father figure, a shoulder to cry on and a “lovely bloke”.
Last year in an interview Mrs Middleton said: “If I come across as normal, that would be great, because that’s what I am.”
She later added that the business was still a “big family thing.”