What’s really wrong with Kate Middleton? Why privacy doesn’t work in 2024.

When Prince William attends an event, the crowds tell him how much they miss her, this woman they’ve never met. They miss seeing her picture. Knowing she’s there. 

Never mind that “abdominal surgery” is rarely minor. Never mind that women’s pain in routinely disregarded, downplayed and dismissed. Never mind that a mother of three might actually need rest to recover, and even for a royal, that’s hard to come by in a (big) house full of kids.

She should be back at work by now, we mutter, even though we were all primed for the fact that she would not be. And Prince William should be carrying on as normal and not, as he did this week, cancelling engagements to be with her and their three children. That, again, is suspiciously human behaviour, worthy of distrust. 

Today, a statement from the Palace told us all to shut up and sit down. 

“Kensington Palace made it clear in January the timelines of the princess’ recovery and that we’d only be providing significant updates. That guidance stands,” it read. 

It might as well have added, “Don’t you people have something better to do?”

And the answer to that, in a scary world where trust is crumbling all around us, is no. We need distraction. We need small-scale drama. We need to solve mysteries. 

She’s definitely growing out a fringe.

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