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Princess Kate reveals how she deals with negative comments amid photo backlash - see resurfaced video

Princess Kate was forced to apologise after releasing an edited family photograph


Kate Middleton close up© Getty
Sharnaz Shahid
Deputy Online Editor
March 12, 2024
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The Princess of Wales got herself in hot water this week after admitting to digitally altering her Mother's Day photo. National picture agencies had withdrawn the new family image from their databases amid suspicions it had been manipulated. 

Kate - who has been at the centre of conspiracy theories over her health since having abdominal surgery in January - was quick to release a statement to apologise after she "experimented with editing". 

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During this time, questions have been raised - with many royal watchers suggesting she should be left alone during her recovery while others have asked for the unedited version to be released. 

No stranger to being in the limelight, and often spoken about, Princess Kate has previously opened up about dealing with anything negative that comes her way. 

During her post-engagement interview with Prince William in 2011, Kate was asked by ITV News' Tom Bradby: "You have said your family are very close, does it hurt about what's said or do you let it run off all your collective backs on the grounds that's just what you have go to live with?" 

To which, Kate confidently replied: "Again I think, the people around home are very supportive to us and those are the people who really matter to us, our close friends and close family. 

Kate Middleton visits Nottingham Trent University© Getty
Princess Kate has been keeping a low profile since her surgery in January

"I think if they feel you are doing the right thing you can only be true to yourself and you sort of have to ignore a lot of what's said, obviously take it on board, but you have to be yourself really and that's how I have stuck by it really." 

On whether she was feeling terrified about marrying into the royal family, Kate continued: "It's obviously nerve-wracking, because I don't know the ropes really, William is obviously used to it, but I'm willing to learn quickly and work hard." 

She added: "I really hope I can make a difference, even in the smallest way. I am looking forward to helping as much as I can." 

kate surrounded by children© The Prince of Wales
The charming Mother's Day photo was taken by the Prince of Wales

Prince William and Kate tied the knot on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey, and they have since become proud parents to three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. 

Timeline of Princess Kate's surgery and health updates

Close-up of Kate Middleton wearing a blazer© Getty
Kate went in for abdominal surgery on 17 January

25 December 2023 – Kate is last seen publicly on Christmas Day

9 January 2024 – Kate celebrates her 42nd birthday, with the King and Queen sharing a behind-the-scenes photo from the coronation to mark the day.

11 January 2024 – William returns to royal duties, meeting rugby heroes Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield at Headingley Stadium in Leeds.

17 January 2024 – Kensington Palace announces in a statement that Kate has undergone abdominal surgery at the London Clinic and that William has temporarily stepped back from royal duties to care for Kate and their children.

18 January 2024 – William visits Kate at the London Clinic.

26 January 2024 – King Charles visits Kate in hospital before undergoing treatment for an enlarged prostate.

29 January 2024 – Kate is discharged from hospital and returns home to Windsor to continue her recovery. King Charles also leaves the London Clinic on the same day after his treatment.

7 February 2024 – William resumes royal duties attending London's Air Ambulance Charity gala with Tom Cruise.

10 February 2024 – William and Kate spend February half-term with George, Charlotte and Louis at their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall. Kate's siblings are also pictured on holiday during the school holidays, with James Middleton and Alizee Thevenet flying to the Caribbean with baby Inigo, and Pippa Matthews and her family holidaying on the island of St Barts.

27 February 2024 – Kate said to be "doing well" as William pulls out of King Constantine memorial due to a "personal matter".

29 February 2024 – Kensington Palace addresses social media speculation, reiterating: "We were very clear from the outset that the Princess of Wales was out until after Easter."

10 March 2024 - A photograph of Kate with their three children at home in Windsor is released to mark Mother's Day and to thank the public for their "continued support".

11 March 2024 - Kate publicly apologises for the "confusion" around the photograph as she admitted she "occasionally experiments with editing," after news agencies pulled the image amid claims it had been digitally altered. The Princess is then seen in a car with William as she's driven to a private appointment in London. 

19 March 2024 - Footage of William and Kate leaving the Windsor Farm Shop is shared by The Sun and TMZ in the first video sighting of the Princess since surgery.

22 March 2024 - Princess Kate confirms that she has been diagnosed with cancer in a moving video message and is undergoing preventative chemotherapy. 

18 April 2024 - Prince William returns to royal duties after spending Easter holidays privately as a family. 

10 May 2024 - Prince William says Kate is "doing well" as he visits the Isles of Scilly. 

21 May 2024 - Princess Kate is "excited" as Kensington Palace shares update on her early years work with the release of her Business Taskforce's prioritising childhood report.

8 June 2024 - Princess Kate writes letter to Irish Guards to apologise for not being able to take part in the salute at the Colonel's Review.

14 June 2024 - In a personal statement, Kate shares she is making "good progress" and that her "treatment is ongoing and will be for a few more months". 

15 June 2024 - Kate makes her first major public appearance since diagnosis at Trooping the Colour

After the release of the Mother's Day photo, Kate explained: "Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing. 

"I wanted to express my apologies for any confusion the family photograph we shared yesterday caused. I hope everyone celebrating had a very happy Mother's Day. C."

The Prince and Princess of Wales on their wedding day© Chris Jackson
The Prince and Princess of Wales on their wedding day

Royal sources said the Princess of Wales made "minor adjustments" and that Kate and Prince William wanted to offer an informal picture of the family together for Mother's Day. 

"The Wales family spent Mother's Day together and had a wonderful day," the source added.

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