Royal News Roundup: a New Baby, a New Memoir and a Kate Middleton Response to the Photoshop Drama

Plus, Meghan Markle’s thoughts on social media

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Here’s all the royal news you need to know for the week of March 14, 2024. 

  • Kate Middleton broke her post-surgery silence and shared a never-before-seen photo featuring herself and her three kids, Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5.
  • It didn’t take long for questions to arise about whether the family photo was Photoshopped. This prompted the Princess of Wales to release a personal statement to clear up any misconceptions.
  • In the aftermath of Princess Catherine’s apology, several U.K. news outlets started to question the legitimacy of the portrait that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle used to announce their second pregnancy. The photographer, Misan Harriman, set the record straight by sharing the original image on social media. 
  • As Hello! magazine points out, the Princess of Wales previously discussed how she handles negative criticism in a 2011 interview, shortly after she and Prince William announced their engagement. She said, “You have to be yourself really and that’s how I have stuck by it really.”
  • Princess Catherine’s uncle, Gary Goldsmith, shared details about the duchess’s recovery from abdominal surgery and explained why she's been so secretive about her health. (FYI, he's currently a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother UK.)
  • Princess Diana’s niece, Lady Kitty Spencer, announced on Instagram that she welcomed her first child. She posted a video montage that featured not one, but four photos of the new mom holding her daughter.
  • Princess Catherine’s younger brother, James Middleton, is preparing to release a memoir, titled Meet Ella: The Dog Who Saved My Life, on September 26. 
  • On March 8 (aka International Women’s Day), Markle appeared on a panel, titled Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen, at South by Southwest, where she discussed the negative impact of social media.
  • One day after the panel, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited the family of a Uvalde shooting victim. They even surprised one member, Claudia Martinez, with a birthday cake.
  • King Charles was unable to attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, but that didn’t stop him from sharing a video message on social media celebrating the annual holiday.

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