Prince William Finally Breaks His Silence on the Rampant Princess Kate Conspiracy Theories

The words were brief and razor sharp.

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As the internet continues to spiral over the Princess of Wales’ health, a representative for her husband, Prince William, has spoken out on the issue, giving rare comments on the private matter. In regards to rampant speculation on X (formerly known as Twitter) and other platforms, William’s rep pointedly said, speaking to People, “His focus is on his work, and not on social media.”

Prince William

William has spoken publicly about the royal family's numerous health scares a handful of times, including at a gala, seen here, but not about his wife specifically

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Questions of Kate’s whereabouts and concerns about her condition spiked last week, right around when William pulled out of a planned appearance at a memorial service for his godfather, King Constantine of Greece, on February 27, citing undisclosed personal reasons. After Kate’s abdominal surgery on January 16, Kensington Palace said that we likely wouldn’t hear from her until after Easter, which this year falls on March 31. But at the end of February, the internet went a bit bonkers, prompting a representative of Kate’s to remind the frenzied public on February 29 that “Kensington Palace made it clear in January the timelines of the princess’ recovery and we’d only be providing significant updates. That guidance stands.”

In what could have been a response to the uproar, Kate was seen publicly on Monday for the first time in 70 days, appearing in a car alongside mom Carole Middleton as the two went on the school run for Kate’s kids Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. But will Kate’s appearance and William’s words be enough for the worried public? 

Kate Middleton wearing a gift from Prince William

Internet speculation about Kate's condition has gone wild in the past week

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“Everybody feels unsettled by uncertainty, and there is too much uncertainty that is surrounding the monarchy right now,” royal expert Sally Bedell Smith told People. “Queen Elizabeth used to say, ‘I need to be seen to be believed.’ It is important for Charles and his reign for the public to know a little bit more. The monarchy needs to be that anchor in times of trouble, and any sense of instability, which is inevitable when you have two of the key players out of action, is understandable.”

In addition to Kate’s health scare, King Charles learned during a corrective procedure for a benign enlarged prostate that he has cancer, for which he is currently undergoing treatment. Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, also has cancer; just weeks after beating breast cancer, she was diagnosed with malignant melanoma earlier this year. Just over a week ago, royal family member Thomas Kingston—husband of royal cousin Lady Gabriella Windsor—died from what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, only adding to the turmoil of 2024 in the royal family.

As to the King’s health, “Even though he has revealed that he has a form of cancer, that has done nothing to quell the speculation about how seriously ill he may or may not be,” Bedell Smith said, per People. “That is not doing the monarchy any favors. He is the head of state, and there are constitutional implications.” 

King Charles

In addition to Kate's health woes, the King is currently battling cancer

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Though Charles has long expressed a desire to have a slimmed-down monarchy and have the number of working royals be kept to more of a minimum, the royal family has never felt as perilously thin as it does at the moment, with two of its four most senior royals experiencing health issues, and their partners intermittently off duty taking care of them. “This is massively exposing how the royal family has gone from too many people to too few in a short space of time,” said Catherine Mayer, author of the biography Charles: The Heart of a King.

It remains to be seen if the statements from both William and Kate’s representatives, as well as seeing photos of Kate, will quell the public’s fervor over her health. People reports that Kate “continues to be doing well” in her recovery, but also cites a Palace source as describing the overall lack of information about her condition as complete “radio silence.” 

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Kate isn't expected to return to royal duties until at least next month

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“She is their MVP, without any doubt,” royal historian Amanda Foreman said of the Princess of Wales. “She is in so many ways the most like the late Queen.”

And, while public interest about Kate may be frustrating for the Palace, it should be taken as a compliment and a testament to her importance to the royal family, and to the world. “She’s so central to the monarchy and the future,” Bedell Smith said.

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.