03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Prince William's Girlfriend Quits Her Job, Ignites Engagement Rumors

Kate Middleton has left her job in the fashion industry amid speculation that a royal engagement is on the horizon.

Prince William's 25-year-old girlfriend quit as an accessories buyer for High Street store Jigsaw after less than a year, telling friends she wants "some time to herself".

The friends suggest she wishes to travel or pursue a career in photography. However, staff at the company's headquarters in Kew, South-West London, have been told her job is being kept open for her should she wish to return.

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