Kate Middleton Shares Her Secret for Addressing Negative Criticism in Resurfaced Interview

"You have to be yourself"

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Kate Middleton has been under scrutiny ever since she underwent an unannounced abdominal surgery back in January. Not only are fans itching for a legitimate update about her health, but many are also criticizing Princess Catherine, 42, for photoshopping her latest family photo. Luckily, the royal has a big support system to help her manage the criticism. 

As Hello! magazine points out, the Princess of Wales previously discussed how she handles negative press. The interview took place in 2011, shortly after she and Prince William announced their engagement.

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“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,” she said at the time (according to Hello!). 

The royal continued, “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.”

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The picture “controversy” began earlier this week when Princess Catherine shared a never-before-seen photo of herself and her three children, Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5. It didn’t take long for questions to arise about whether the picture was Photoshopped, based on inconsistencies with the royal’s zipper, Princess Charlotte’s sleeve and Prince Louis’s sweater.

To stop rumors from spiraling further, the Princess of Wales issued an apology in a now-expired Instagram Story. “Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing,” she wrote. “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.”

Well said, Princess Catherine. 

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