What Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Know About Kate Middleton’s Surgery

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As the royal family continues to face the heat, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s response to Kate Middleton’s conspiracy theories remains clear: they are staying out of it.

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If by some chance you haven’t heard by now—the royal family has been entrenched in controversy ever since Kate Middleton, a.k.a. Princess Catherine, had her planned abdominal surgery in January 2023. Following the unnamed procedure, the Princess of Wales had a prolonged absence from the public, leading to many theories about her health. But Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are almost as in the dark as we are.

Meghan and Harry “are aware of everything that goes on back in England, but are being left out of any details regarding Kate,” a family source told. “There is clearly no trust.” Another insider said: “It would be the normal run of things to go and see your sister-in-law who’s had a serious operation and also see your niece and nephews. But it isn’t normal. It’s terribly sad.”

Recently, concerns for Kate escalated when Kensington Palace released a digitally altered portrait of Kate and her three children on British Mother’s Day. Glaring photoshop errors were discovered in the portrait, resulting in multiple news agencies withdrawing the photo from distribution and leading to increased scrutiny over Kate’s whereabouts.

As the drama captivated attention around the world, social media users began drawing comparisons between the treatment of the Cambridge and Sussex couples. Alleged “sources close to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry” were cited in a Page Six article, which suggested stark differences between how each couple would have handled the portrait fiasco. “This isn’t a mistake Meghan would ever make,” one source claimed, adding, “She has a keen eye and freakish attention to detail.” Another insider speculated, “If Harry and Meghan had ever encountered the same issue, they would have been annihilated. The same rules do not apply to both couples.”

However, a spokesperson for Harry and Meghan’s Archewell Foundation has since separated the Sussexes from these claims, stating to Newsweek, “With respect to Page Six, that did not come from us.”

Despite the attempt to maintain their distance, the British press continues to try to involve Harry and Meghan in the narrative. Photographer Misan Harriman, a close friend of the couple, recently had to take to social media to refute recent allegations regarding a portrait of Meghan and Harry, which he shot for the couple’s 2021 pregnancy announcement. Publications like Daily Mail UK and The Telegraph accused the Suits actress of having heavily edited the photo, but Harriman shared the original colorized version of the photograph to prove otherwise.

In a separate video shared to X, he denounced the accusations as “dangerous and unacceptable behavior” and expressed his disappointment at the attempt to intertwine his situation with the ongoing controversy surrounding Kate’s photo, describing the situation as “tragic to see.”

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