Where’s Kate? Conspiracy theories are rising over the Princess of Wales

An image should have calmed rumors about the health of Catherine, Princess of Wales, instead, it fueled hysteria. A big question being asked about the member of the British Royal Family is where is Kate, who has been out of the public eye for several months.

The hashtag ‘WhereIsKate’ is trending.

“Literally everyone on Twitter is trying to figure out what’s going on with #KateMiddleton and questioning #WhenIsKate???” Posted by social media influencer Kinja Tariq.

Curiosity over Kate Middleton’s whereabouts and health has arisen after a photo was released on Mother’s Day. the photo was It was later found to be digitally manufactured.

This came after Kate remained out of the public eye for two months following abdominal surgery due to an unspecified condition.

There is a lot of curiosity and distrust regarding information about the British Royal Family.

The life and death of Princess Diana is still the subject of intense public curiosity, 27 years after the former royal family’s fatal car accident.

Princess Diana’s life faced intense scrutiny. Looks like it’s Kate Middleton’s turn.

Kate’s absence forced people to take a closer look

A photo of Kate and her children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – which is said to have been taken at the palace by Prince William, was released on Sunday to mark Mother’s Day in Britain.

Major news agencies retracted the photo when it was digitally altered, intended to quell speculation about Kate’s health after surgery.

Kate apologized a day later, saying “Like many amateur photographers, I occasionally experiment with editing”.

It was actually people on social media who noticed the problems with the photo.

“I don’t think it’s any surprise that the discrepancies in the photo were first identified by ordinary social media users,” royal historian and author Ed Owens told The Time.

“it [the image] “Given the ongoing and growing rumors and speculation about Kate’s illness and her absence, it will always be a matter of close attention and careful analysis,” Owens said.

The Guardian’s imaging team found “about 20 anomalies in the image that may require further investigation”, the UK-based newspaper reports.

British tabloid The Daily Mail labeled the image a “PR disaster” for the royals.

A royal picture of lack of trust

Kate and Prince William have made good use of social media so far, sharing family photos and crafting a public image for themselves.

However, Sunday’s incident ended all control.

The speculation over Kate Middleton’s health and whereabouts comes at a time when the British royal family is under scrutiny after King Charles III canceled public engagements. Treatment of unspecified forms of cancer.

The Marchioness of Cholmondeley Rose Hanbury (right) with Prince William (left) and Kate Middleton. (Image: Getty)

The age of social media is the age of gossip and rumours. And the palace keeping details of Kate from the public has fueled conspiracy theories.

Stephanie Baker, a senior lecturer in sociology at the City University of London, told The Associated Press that social media amplifies nonsense and allows the creation of crowd-based conspiracy theories that can spread around the world.

Stephanie Baker said, “The most serious issue for the Princess of Wales and the monarchy is the erosion of trust and credibility in light of the photoshopped image.”

kate and conspiracy theories

Talks of a conspiracy regarding Kate have spread like wildfire on social media.

Some have suggested she may be facing health complications following stomach surgery, while others speculate it could be Splitsville for her and Prince William.

Then other sinister people say it has to do with Queen Consort Camilla and Lady Rose Hanbury, Marchioness of Cholmondeley.

The Marchioness of Cholmondeley is reportedly Kate’s best friendBut one theory suggests that her closeness to Prince William may have driven Kate away from public life.

Both Princes William and Henry no longer blame the press for the death of their mother Princess Diana, but social media is now in the paparazzi’s game.

Despite widespread pressure and the photo debacle, the Palace has not released the original photo of Kate and the family. It’s natural for people to ask, where is Kate?

published by:

Sushim Mukul

Published on:

March 13, 2024