Princesses have long been more associated with peas than degrees. Kate Middleton's changing that. But does she need a university degree for the job she's just signed up for?
Prince William's future wife has been criticised for failing to use her higher education from St Andrews to get herself a conventional graduate career.
Instead, she's worked for the business run by her mum and dad. And next year, in a sort of a way, she'll be working for her husband's granny.
There's nothing wrong with family businesses, of course. The House of Windsor has been quite a successful one down the years, harnessing the power of globalisation long before the word was invented. In its heyday, it was still referred to as empire-building.
But I ask the question about graduate employment having just read some telling research about the state of Scotland's graduate jobs market.
This comes out of the Fraser of Allander commentary. Two pieces of research show that there's a marked mismatch between graduates and the jobs they get.
This isn't about the recession. The research predates that. And it confirms what lots of us can see: that six months after graduating, rather a lot of young people are still frothing coffee at Starbucks, and wondering when they're going to get on with their lives by making use of all those hard-won qualifications and skills.
Only two out of three single-degree graduates have entered a graduate type of job (let's be accurate about this: it was 68% between 2002 and 2007).
What it tells us anew is that three years after that, 80% of graduates have still not matched themselves up with a suitably skilled, challenging job.
Irene Mosca of Trinity College London and Professor Robert Wright at Strathclyde University stress that the figures show Scotland to be in a very similar position to the rest of the UK. Across the UK, 78% of those with one degree were still not in a job that matched the skill level reached after 42 months.
They conclude there's still considerable underemployment, which can't be explained by "life-cycle considerations", by which I think they mean having families, career breaks (obviously without having the career) and caring for other family members.
Four in ten over-qualified
There's a much better match between jobs and those with a second degree. Some 90% were found to be in appropriate jobs after six months, and 91% after 42 months, only slightly below the UK levels. Of course, that means nearly one in ten was not.
"Are over-education and under-employment problems in Scotland?" ask the authors. Their answer: yes.
So is the labour market letting down our young people? Maybe so. But the other way of looking at it is a rather sensitive one. The mismatch may be because it's a mistake to be educating so many people to such a high level.
The issue is taken on in other economic research from John Sutherland, of Glasgow University's Centre for Public Policy for Regions. He's looked across the economy, and (by making extensive use of his own higher education skills) devised a method of seeing if workers are over or under-qualified for the jobs they're doing. This is not just at graduate level, but at five different levels of qualification, starting with none at all.
What he found is that roughly four out of ten workers in Scotland were "over-qualified".
One consequence of this is that people are investing time and effort in getting themselves trained and educated, and not seeing the returns. The government is investing resource in that as well, and if - as seems likely - we're moving to more personal funding of one's higher education, then the burden and cost of that inefficient use of resource will fall across more households.
John Sutherland cites other research, published last year, that finds the jobs being taken up by skilled people don't make full use of the skills they bring, notably in computing.
He also finds something significant in his Northern Irish figures. In the province, workers are 12% less likely to be over-qualified. Why? Perhaps because those who can't find jobs that match their skills are more likely to leave home to find jobs that do. That emigration is part of the Irish culture.
These different bits of research ask some further searching questions: of labour markets and employers use of their human resource potential: of higher and further education and the suitability of the courses they offer: and the poor transmission belt between government spend on education and sluggish improvement in productivity.
And that highlights one issue that runs through all this research; the definition of a "graduate job" has been carefully assessed by these researchers, but it's clearly open to challenge.
What graduate skills imparted at St Andrews University, for instance, are useful or even essential to being, a princess, or a prince, or a future monarch?