Today in absolutely sensational news, the world is obsessing over Kate Middleton's hands. That's right. The Duchess of Cambridge - who's already had her toes, baby bump, and bandages dissected and scrutinized by the media - is now under fire for her fingers.
Yesterday the Daily Mailsurfaced this picture of the royal holding a clutch. "It was Kate's hands - and not her elegant cream ensemble - that generated the most attention on Tuesday," the outlet wrote of her recent appearance. "Photographs taken of the pregnant mother-of-two indicate that, unusually, the central three fingers of her hands are almost the same length. Most people's middle fingers are noticeably longer than their index or fourth fingers."
Photo of Kate on her visit to Oxford primary school suggests her fingers are almost exactly the SAME length https://t.co/S7zkXI1Wx1
- Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) March 6, 2018
Other tabloids then quickly hopped on the bandwagon:
Dutches of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s Fingers Are All EXACTLY the Same Length https://t.co/oQEbuaHETv
- Journal Post (@TheJournalPost) March 7, 2018
- Daily Star (@Daily_Star) March 7, 2018
The Daily Mail article also went on to make overstated inferences on "digit ratio," the difference in length between the index and ring fingers studied in correlation with many disease risks and personality traits. Besides the problematic practice of making sweeping generalizations based on inconclusive and correlational research, the Duchess's fingers aren't so unusual after all.
She holds beers like the rest of us:
The henna tattoo she got a few weeks ago looked perfectly beautiful on a perfect hand:
Another photo from the same exact day reveals there's no #FingerGate conspiracy:
But no matter how long her fingers actually are, can we all just agree it's ridiculous that this is even a point of discussion at all?
The Daily Mail are genuinely analysing the length of Kate Middleton’s fingers. I can’t. I just can’t. pic.twitter.com/8aVQAEdNr2
- Adam Dalgleish (@AdamDalgleish2) March 7, 2018