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Why the Royal Family Hasn’t Stopped the Crazy Rumors About Kate Middleton

Here’s why the royal family hasn’t put an end to all the ridiculous Kate Middleton speculation

Kate Middleton’s recent appearance at a farm stand with Prince William didn’t quash the ongoing conspiracy theories swirling around her absence from the public eye. Questions abound: Was she hiding due to marital issues? Were her health problems more severe than disclosed? Is there a body double in play?

Bravo host Andy Cohen even weighed in, tweeting, “That ain’t Kate…” upon seeing the new photo in The Sun. Despite the couple’s seemingly cheerful demeanor during their outing near Windsor, speculation persisted about whether it was truly Kate or a lookalike.

For Americans, the biggest puzzle is why Kensington Palace hasn’t addressed the rumors more transparently. Since January, when it was revealed that Kate underwent major abdominal surgery, she has stayed out of public view. The Palace initially stated that she would return to her royal duties after Easter, but this didn’t quell online doubters who speculated about the nature of her condition.

Why the Royal Family Hasn't Stopped the Crazy Rumors About Kate Middleton

Why the Royal Family Hasn’t Stopped the Crazy Rumors About Kate Middleton (Credits: The Cut)

Writer and royal family friend Hugo Vickers empathized with Kate’s desire for privacy but acknowledged the relentless curiosity. He remarked, “The fact that Catherine disappeared for three months, people were bound to say, ‘Well, why, what’s going on?’ — and the void can be filled with these ghastly conspiracy theories.”

Moreover, Prince William’s reluctance to disclose more about his wife’s health stems from memories of how his mother, Princess Diana, was hounded by the press. Palace insiders revealed that William is adamant about keeping Kate’s health private, fearing parallels with Diana’s experiences.

Despite attempts to keep the matter under wraps, public fascination persists, fueled by the couple’s occasional missteps. Mark Borkowski, a branding expert, criticized the Palace’s handling of the situation, suggesting that clearer communication might have mitigated the rumors.

Why the Royal Family Hasn't Stopped the Crazy Rumors About Kate Middleton

Why the Royal Family Hasn’t Stopped the Crazy Rumors About Kate Middleton (Credits: Page Six)

The recent revelation of King Charles’s prostate cancer treatment, juxtaposed with Kate’s surgery, only intensified public interest. Speculation peaked when William missed a memorial event and when Kate heavily edited a Mother’s Day portrait.

Borkowski attributed the heightened interest in palace intrigue to the disruptions caused by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, along with portrayals in Netflix’s “The Crown.”

In the midst of this turmoil, the monarchy faces the challenge of adapting to shifting public perceptions. Vickers optimistically suggested that Kate’s appearance at the farm stand might pave the way for her return to public life, perhaps marking a positive turning point.

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