Kate Middleton’s Mysterious Absence

Princess of Wales Kate Middleton was last seen in public in December. In January, Kensington Palace confirmed that he had undergone unspecified abdominal surgery. By March, the princess had not been seen for almost three months. Rumors and conspiracy theories arose with little concrete information. An innocent attempt to satisfy public curiosity with a Mother’s Day photo fanned the flames and quickly snowballed into a complete disaster. So what’s going on in the royal family?

Here are the details about Kate’s mysterious absence…

December 25: Kate’s Last Public Appearance

Kate’s last public appearance was on Christmas Day, when she attended church at the royal estate Sandringham in Norfolk, England. Queen Camilla was photographed with Prince William and their three young children. Wearing a cobalt blue coat and a flashy hat, the princess looked healthy and gave no signs of being hospitalized just two weeks later.

January 16: In hospital

Kate underwent “planned abdominal surgery” at a private hospital in London, unbeknownst to anyone outside the royal family’s inner circle. Kensington Palace did not approve the surgery until the next day.

January 17: Two Royal Medical Procedures Revealed

Palace officials made two separate statements, announcing that Kate had successfully undergone “abdominal surgery” the previous day and would remain in hospital for about two weeks before recovering at home. They refused to reveal further details about the surgery but said he was “unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter.” William took a brief break from public duties to help Kate recover but resumed royal duties soon after.

In a separate announcement, the Buckingham Palace press office announced that King Charles would undergo a medical examination the following week for an “enlarged prostate”.

Kate’s desire to keep the reasons for her surgery secret (though understandable) clashed with Charles’s candor about his prostate exam; subsequently sparking an explosion of rumors and conspiracy theories online. Online commenters have made comments ranging from the speculative, suggesting that abdominal surgery could mean a hysterectomy or even a colostomy (requiring a colostomy bag), to the assertive, with some people online suggesting that Kate is dead.

January 28: Spanish Presenter Claims Kate Is in a Coma

Spanish news anchor Concha Calleja claimed on her news show that Kate was in an induced coma and needed life-saving intervention for a period of time. He added that Kate was first hospitalized on December 28 (just a few days after her last public appearance) and the decision was made to undergo surgery. The Times of London reported that Kensington Palace strongly denied Calleja’s claims.

January 29: Kate Discharged from Hospital

Kate returned home to Windsor to continue her recovery.

February 6: It Was Announced That King Charles Has Cancer

Another bad news for the British royal family; It has been revealed that King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer and will be postponing his public duties to begin treatment immediately. When Prince Harry heard about his father’s condition, he immediately boarded a plane to London; where local newspapers reported that she spent 30 minutes with Charles before returning to California. Although the type of cancer has not been confirmed, Buckingham Palace said it was discovered during a hospital procedure for benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Kate’s rep clarified that she is “doing well” following her surgery, despite online speculation. “Kensington Palace made clear the timeline of the princess’s recovery in January and we will only provide important updates,” he said in a statement.

March 4: Kate’s First Post-Surgery Photo Revealed

After two months away from the public eye, international tabloids, including TMZ, published a single paparazzi photo of Kate sitting in the passenger seat next to her mother as they drove through Windsor. The British press, which was cautious about publishing paparazzi photos of the royal family accused of Princess Diana’s death, did not publish this news. The grainy image, which shows Kate with her neck covered and large dark glasses, has sparked conspiracy theorists; some of them claimed that the person in the passenger seat was a stunt double or someone else, such as Kate’s lookalike sister Pippa.

March 6: Kate’s Uncle Drops an Exciting Clue

Adding to Kate’s troubles, her uncle Gary Goldsmith also appeared as a contestant on “Celebrity Big Brother”, asking her “Where’s Kate?” When asked, Goldsmith replied that Kate didn’t want to talk about it and that she had some etiquette.

But he cryptically added: “I’ll give you an idea if it’s announced.” Although one wondered what this meant, Goldsmith did not give any further clues. But he said, “He’s getting the best care in the world… He’ll come back. Of course he will.”

March 10: Mother’s Day Photo Discussion

As speculation about Kate’s condition and whereabouts intensified, Kensington Palace The photo of Kate with her three children was said to have been taken by William last week. “Thank you for your support and kind wishes over the past two months. Happy Mother’s Day to everyone. C 📸 The Prince of Wales, 2024,” it read.

The photo, which was later forwarded to official news agencies for distribution in accordance with tradition, quickly turned into a royal scandal. Suspicious social media users noticed some inconsistencies in the image. Multiple news outlets subsequently received notice to take down the photo on the grounds that the portrait appeared to have been “manipulated” by the source. No other photos provided. While the post continued to be published on Instagram, the platform placed a warning next to the image that it had been changed.

March 11: Kate Owns Scandal and Another Paparazzi Footage

With the photo scandal gaining momentum and threatening to overshadow even the Oscars, the royal family released a statement in which Kate took responsibility for changing the image. “Like many amateur photographers, I occasionally experiment with editing,” the statement, ostensibly from Kate, read. “I wanted to apologize for the confusion caused by the family photo we shared yesterday. I hope everyone who celebrated had a very happy Mother’s Day.”

That afternoon, another blurry paparazzi photo emerged of her in a car with William en route to a royal engagement in London. This time, his face is not visible in the photo published in both the British and international press. William attended the annual Commonwealth Day ceremony, which Kate did not attend.

That same month, Kate reportedly looked “happy, relaxed and healthy” as she and William strolled through the Windsor Farm Shop near their home.

Although Kate has been photographed several times following her surgery, not everyone is convinced it’s really her; Instead, it was theorized that the royal family may have used someone else instead.

Due to intense curiosity about Kate’s whereabouts, some social media users continue to suggest that something else may have caused her absence from public appearances.

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