Friday, April 19

Princess Catherine & Prince William Seen Together for the 1st Time in Months, Looking Like ‘Charles & Di’

In a highly anticipated moment, Princess Catherine and Prince William were publicly seen together for the first time since her surgery in January. This appearance quelled the swirling speculation about her whereabouts and sparked a myriad of fan reactions. However, some onlookers have observed an entirely new dynamic.

Prince William and Princess Catherine as seen in an Instagram post dated March 11, 2024 | Source: Instagram.com/people/

Yet, the sighting also revived uneasy comparisons to a tumultuous period in royal history, with one fan commenting it was “reminiscent of Charles and Di at the end.” Others voiced concern, suggesting “Will is mad with her!” and that it “reminds me of the pictures of his parents during their last year together,” with the prevailing sentiment being that they appeared “so unhappy.”

Amidst these observations, a notable portion of fans detected an undercurrent of “tension” between the royal couple. Skepticism about the state of their union was evident, with comments suggesting that Kate and William might not be on “good terms.” One particularly somber prediction from a fan was that “the wheels could be falling off this marriage,” a reflection on the unique pressures faced by those living a life of royal duty.

Princess Diana and King Charles III leaving the Royal Albert Hall after a concert in February 1982 | Source: Getty Images

Despite the theories about their marriage, a faction of supporters emerged, encouraging Princess Catherine to “stay strong” and reassuring others that she would be fine now that she once again had her prince beside her, pointing to a resilient hope for their marriage’s future.

Prince William at the 2024 Commonweath Day Service | Source: Getty Images

Prince William at the 2024 Commonweath Day Service | Source: Getty Images

Adding a factual layer to the narrative, it was reported that the Princess of Wales was seen on Monday in public with Prince William, as the couple departed Windsor. Kensington Palace clarified that the Prince of Wales was on his way to the Commonwealth Day service at London’s Westminster Abbey, marking an important occasion in the royal calendar. Catherine’s absence from the service was noted, with it being understood that she had a private appointment elsewhere.

Queen Camilla and Prince William as seen in an Instagram photo dated March 11, 2024 | Source: Instagram.com/theroyalfamily/

Queen Camilla and Prince William as seen in an Instagram photo dated March 11, 2024 | Source: Instagram.com/theroyalfamily/

The royal family’s engagement with the public extended to social media, where they shared an Instagram carousel featuring various family members, including The Queen, The Prince of Wales, and The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, among others. The caption accompanying the post highlighted their attendance at the Commonwealth Day Service of Celebration at Westminster Abbey.

The Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, and the Duchess of Edinburgh as seen in an Instagram photo dated March 11, 2024 | Source: Instagram.com/theroyalfamily/

The Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, and the Duchess of Edinburgh as seen in an Instagram photo dated March 11, 2024 | Source: Instagram.com/theroyalfamily/

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh as seen in an Instagram post dated March 11, 2024 | Source: Instagram.com/theroyalfamily/

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh as seen in an Instagram post dated March 11, 2024 | Source: Instagram.com/theroyalfamily/

This year’s service was particularly significant as it celebrated 75 years of the Commonwealth under the theme ‘One Resilient Common Future: Transforming our Commonwealth’. The theme sought to showcase stories of resilience from across the five regions of the Commonwealth, enriched by performances and reflections.

In the backdrop of these public duties and appearances, Prince William’s commitment to his family has been unwavering. Following a period where the Queen assumed additional responsibilities in the King’s stead, the Prince of Wales has also balanced his public engagements with personal support for his wife and children during her recovery. A spokesman for the prince emphasized his dedication, stating, “His focus is on his work and not on social media.”

As previously reported on March 11:

In a recent heartwarming family photo shared to the Prince and Princess of Wales’ Instagram account after the Princess’s abdominal surgery, royal enthusiasts quickly noticed an unusual detail. The candid snapshot, which featured Princess Catherine surrounded by her three children, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, and Prince George, caught the attention of many with their radiant smiles.

Captured in an idyllic outdoor setting, the photo depicts a moment of familial bliss, with Prince Louis standing to his mother’s right, Princess Charlotte perched on the chair’s arm next to her, and Prince George lovingly hugging her from behind. However, the absence of Princess Catherine’s iconic rings sparked a flurry of concern and speculation among followers.

A close-up of Princess Catherine's left hand posted on March 10, 2024 | Source: Instagram/princeandprincessofwales

A close-up of Princess Catherine’s left hand posted on March 10, 2024 | Source: Instagram/princeandprincessofwales

A close-up of Princess Catherine's right hand posted on March 10, 2024 | Source: Instagram/princeandprincessofwales

A close-up of Princess Catherine’s right hand posted on March 10, 2024 | Source: Instagram/princeandprincessofwales

Social media users—ever attentive to detail—voiced their observations and worries in the comment section of the Instagram post. “Where’s your ring Kate??? 💍👀👀”, one user questioned, while another speculated“This photo was taken before Kate went missing and Kate looks like a single mom with no wedding ring in skinny jeans. It is forbidden to wear tight clothes after abdominal surgery.”

Someone else added, “It is strange that she is not wearing her wedding ring […] it is either an old photo that wasn’t taken to release for this purpose or something [is] up with their marriage.” The concern was palpable, with another noting“A beautiful photo but oddly she is not wearing her wedding rings.”

Princess Catherine posing for a picture posted on November 19, 2023 | Source: Instagram/princeandprincessofwales and earlychildhood

Princess Catherine posing for a picture posted on November 19, 2023 | Source: Instagram/princeandprincessofwales and earlychildhood

Princess Catherine’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring is no ordinary piece of jewelry, as it carries a rich history and significance deeply embedded in the royal family’s heritage.

A media outlet’s conversation with House of Garrard (the ring’s creator) unveiled the captivating story behind the ring—which was originally selected by King Charles III (known at that time as Prince Charles) for the late Princess Diana—and its connection to a legacy of royal sapphires dating back to Queen Victoria.

Princess Catherine visiting the Maidenhead Rugby Club in Maidenhead, England on June 7, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Princess Catherine visiting the Maidenhead Rugby Club in Maidenhead, England on June 7, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Princess Diana and King Charles III on their wedding day in London, England on July 29, 1981 | Source: Getty Images

Princess Diana and King Charles III on their wedding day in London, England on July 29, 1981 | Source: Getty Images

The Princess’s engagement ring was inspired by a sapphire brooch passed down from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II. Her wedding band—fashioned from a piece of Welsh gold provided by the late Queen—also continues a long-standing royal tradition. This gold, crafted by Wartski for Princess Catherine, represents a tangible link to the British monarchy’s history and its enduring customs.

Princess Catherine visiting Nottingham Trent University as part of World Mental Health Day in Nottingham, England on October 11, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Princess Catherine visiting Nottingham Trent University as part of World Mental Health Day in Nottingham, England on October 11, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II hosting a tea party in the gardens of Buckingham Palace in London, England on July 22, 2010 | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II hosting a tea party in the gardens of Buckingham Palace in London, England on July 22, 2010 | Source: Getty Images

Ben Roberts, Managing Director of Clogau (the brand behind the Welsh gold), highlighted the meticulous care required for such a significant heirloom. “Kate and her team will need to employ careful maintenance, with regular inspections and in-depth evaluations, gentle cleaning to restore sheen, and, if necessary, expert repairs to ensure its longevity,” disclosed Ben.

Valued at £390,000, the ring’s maintenance is a testament to its priceless sentimental and historical value. Princess Catherine, respecting the ring’s legacy, has kept it unchanged, honoring the memory of Princess Diana and the ring’s unique place in royal history.

A close-up of Princess Catherine's engagement and wedding rings during her visit to Nottingham Trent University as part of World Mental Health Day in Nottingham, England on October 11, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

A close-up of Princess Catherine’s engagement and wedding rings during her visit to Nottingham Trent University as part of World Mental Health Day in Nottingham, England on October 11, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Delving deeper into the personal story behind this precious royal heirloom, during a past interview, Prince William shared the details of his 2010 proposal to Princess Catherine. “It was about three weeks ago on a holiday in Kenya. We had our little private time away together with some friends, and I just decided that it was the right time really,” Prince William recounted.

The decision to propose with his mother’s engagement ring added a layer of emotional significance. “It’s my mother’s engagement ring, so I thought it was quite nice because obviously, she’s not gonna be around to share any of the fun and excitement of it all […] This is my way of keeping her sort of close to it all,” shared the Prince.

Prince William and Princess Catherine during an interview about their engagement posted on November 16, 2020 | Source: YouTube/ITV News

Prince William and Princess Catherine during an interview about their engagement posted on November 16, 2020 | Source: YouTube/ITV News

A close-up of Princess Catherine's engagement ring posted on November 16, 2020 | Source: YouTube/ITV News

A close-up of Princess Catherine’s engagement ring posted on November 16, 2020 | Source: YouTube/ITV News

Princess Catherine echoed the sentiment, noting the proposal as “very romantic.” She also highlighted the surprise and joy of the moment, divulging, “I really didn’t expect it at all […] It was a total shock when it came.”

The couple’s reflections on this significant life event underscore the deep personal meaning and thoughtfulness behind the choice of ring, making its absence in the recent family photo all the more noticeable to the public.

Prince William and Princess Catherine at The Royal Variety Performance in London, England on November 30, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Prince William and Princess Catherine at The Royal Variety Performance in London, England on November 30, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Princess Catherine during an interview about her and Prince William's engagement posted on November 16, 2020 | Source: YouTube/ITV News

Princess Catherine during an interview about her and Prince William’s engagement posted on November 16, 2020 | Source: YouTube/ITV News

Given the jewelry’s significance and sentimental value, it’s no wonder why its absence from Princess Catherine’s hand has raised eyebrows and prompted a flood of speculation. The family photo—intended to share a moment of joy with the public—inadvertently became a focal point for rumors and concern.

As previously reported on March 10:

Catherine, Princess of Wales at the opening of Evelina London's new children's day surgery unit on December 05, 2023 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales at the opening of Evelina London’s new children’s day surgery unit on December 05, 2023 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

In a touching Mother’s Day tribute, Princess Catherine has delighted royal fans with a heartwarming photo that encapsulates the joy of motherhood. The candid shot, expertly taken by Prince William, shows the princess radiating warmth as she is playfully surrounded by her three children.

The accompanying caption on Catherines’s official social media account offers a humble nod to the public’s concern during her recent health scare. The message, signed with the initial ‘C’ for Catherine, provides a personal touch, reinforcing her appreciation for the outpouring of love and well-being wishes during her recovery from abdominal surgery.

Princess Catherine and Prince William with their children George, Louis and Charlotte at the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour on June 17, 2023 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Princess Catherine and Prince William with their children George, Louis and Charlotte at the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour on June 17, 2023 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

It reads: “Thank you for your kind wishes and continued support over the last two months. Wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day. C.” The image, which has garnered nearly half a million likes within the first hour of its posting, strikes a chord for its display of resilience and family unity.

It is Princess’s first public photograph following her hospitalization, and her composed demeanor in the picture offers reassurance to her global following. It’s a poignant reminder of the princess’s commitment to her role and family, even in the face of personal health challenges.

As previously reported on March 4:

Princess of Wales was recently spotted for the first time as she recovered in private from a planned abdominal surgery. This sighting comes after more than two months of absence from the public eye.

Witnesses caught a glimpse of the princess sitting in the passenger seat of a black Audi SUV. Her mother, Carole Middleton, at the wheel, as they drove near Windsor Castle. Catherine, donning a pair of dark sunglasses that covered her eyes, was without other family members or security during this outing.

This appearance quickly became a topic of conversation on social media, where photographs of Catherine circulated, sparking various reactions. Among the comments, skepticism about the identity of the person in the photographs was rampant.

One user questioned the authenticity, stating“That’s not her. Nice try though,” while another humorously suggested, “It’s a wax sculpture.”

Kate Middleton attending the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph on November 8, 2020, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Kate Middleton attending the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph on November 8, 2020, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Adding to the confusion, several social media users were convinced the individual in the car was Catherine’s sister, Pippa Middleton, leading to comments such as “Looks like Pippa, not Catherine,” “That is not Kate that is pippa [sic],” “I think that looks a bit like her sister,” and “The woman in the picture has a striking resemblance to her sister. Pippa. I don’t think it is Kate.”

Kate and Pippa Middleton in the Royal Box on Centre Court during day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 13, 2019, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Kate and Pippa Middleton in the Royal Box on Centre Court during day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 13, 2019, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Kate and Pippa MIddleton during the Gentlemen's Singles final match of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2012, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Kate and Pippa MIddleton during the Gentlemen’s Singles final match of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2012, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Kate and Pippa Middleton in the Royal Box on Centre Court during day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 13, 2019, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Kate and Pippa Middleton in the Royal Box on Centre Court during day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 13, 2019, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Speculation didn’t stop at mistaken identity; others believed that the princess had undergone plastic surgery. Comments reflecting this theory included direct accusations, such as, “She has plastic surgery,” and queries like “Did she get a facelift,” and suspicions about photo manipulation, “Did you blur it so we couldn’t see the bandage on her nose?”

Kate Middleton during a visit to the Ukrainian Cultural Centre on March 9, 2022 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Kate Middleton during a visit to the Ukrainian Cultural Centre on March 9, 2022 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Despite the varied reactions, there was also a significant outpouring of support for Catherine, with well-wishers sharing sentiments such as “Hope she is doing better,” “One of the best news so far,” and “Princess Catherine I hope you are completely healed and doing well. Stay strong!”

Kate Middleton during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Eton Dorney on September 2, 2012 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

Kate Middleton during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Eton Dorney on September 2, 2012 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

Buckingham Palace’s brief update, stating Kate would be hospitalized for approximately two weeks and wouldn’t resume her duties until about Easter, did little to quell speculation. Later, the palace sought to reassure the public of her recovery progress amidst rampant online conjecture.

Given the scarcity of details on Catherine’s health, speculation has run rife, with the palace’s representatives addressing conspiracy theories about her whereabouts post-surgery. “Kensington Palace made it clear in January the timelines of the princess’ recovery and we’d only be providing significant updates,” Catherine’s representative revealed.

Kate Middleton visits the Baby Basic UK & Baby Basics Sheffield in England on August 4, 2020. | Source: Getty Images

Kate Middleton visits the Baby Basic UK & Baby Basics Sheffield in England on August 4, 2020. | Source: Getty Images

Prince William continues his public engagements, including a recent solo appearance at the BAFTA Film Awards. His attendance not only underscored his ongoing support for the arts but also brought attention to Catherine’s health struggles.

Apologizing for his wife’s absence, William expressed regret that she couldn’t join him, noting her fondness for the BAFTAs. This moment of candidness offered a rare insight into the personal challenges the couple faces, underscoring the adjustments required during Catherine’s recovery period at their Windsor home.

As previously reported on February 29:

Catherine, Princess of Wales attending the Christmas morning service at St. Mary Magdalene Church on December 25, 2023 in Sandringham, Norfolk | Source: Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales attending the Christmas morning service at St. Mary Magdalene Church on December 25, 2023 in Sandringham, Norfolk | Source: Getty Images

It’s been over two months since the Princess of Wales was last seen in public during the royal family’s traditional Christmas morning service at Sandringham last year. During her last public appearance before the surgery, the Princess was seen walking to the St. Mary Magdalene Church in the royal family’s estate in Norfolk, England. She was among royal family members, including Prince William and their three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

A close-up of Catherine, Princess of Wales beaming during the Christmas morning service at Sandringham Church on December 25, 2023 in Sandringham, Norfolk | Source: Getty Images

A close-up of Catherine, Princess of Wales beaming during the Christmas morning service at Sandringham Church on December 25, 2023 in Sandringham, Norfolk | Source: Getty Images

During her last public appearance before the surgery, the Princess was seen walking to the St. Mary Magdalene Church in the royal family’s estate in Norfolk, England. She was among royal family members, including Prince William and their three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

Princess Charlotte, Prince William, Prince George, Prince Louis, Mia Tindall and Princess Catherine attending the Christmas morning service at Sandringham Church on December 25, 2023 in Sandringham, Norfolk | Source: Getty Images

Princess Charlotte, Prince William, Prince George, Prince Louis, Mia Tindall and Princess Catherine attending the Christmas morning service at Sandringham Church on December 25, 2023 in Sandringham, Norfolk | Source: Getty Images

Photos from the Christmas service showed the Princess in a festive mood as she walked hand-in-hand with her family, greeted spectators, and strolled alongside King Charles III. The Princess of Wales was photographed smiling walking alongside her children and Mia Tindall, with Prince William trailing behind. At one point, the Princess was captured greeting spectators while carrying a bouquet of roses.

Catherine, Princess of Wales walking hand-in-hand with Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William, Prince Louis and Mia Tindall at the Christmas morning service at Sandringham Church on December 25, 2023 in Sandringham, Norfolk | Source: Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales walking hand-in-hand with Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William, Prince Louis and Mia Tindall at the Christmas morning service at Sandringham Church on December 25, 2023 in Sandringham, Norfolk | Source: Getty Images

For the holiday occasion, Princess Catherine was elegantly dressed in a long, vibrant blue coat by Alexander McQueen, meticulously tailored with a cinched waist and pronounced shoulders, complemented by a deep blue turtleneck sweater underneath. She paired her striking coat with dark blue suede knee-high boots, featuring a sleek block heel and pointed toe.

Catherine, Princess of Wales greeting the crowd as she carried a bouquet of roses on the way to the Christmas morning service at St. Mary Magdalene Church on December 25, 2023 in Sandringham, Norfolk | Source: Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales greeting the crowd as she carried a bouquet of roses on the way to the Christmas morning service at St. Mary Magdalene Church on December 25, 2023 in Sandringham, Norfolk | Source: Getty Images

Her attire was further enhanced by a chic fascinator adorned with a bold bow and crossed arrows, set against her elegantly styled half-up, half-down hair. Paying homage to Princess Diana, she completed her look with the late Princess’s iconic sapphire and diamond drop earrings.

Catherine, Princess of Wales at the Christmas Day service at St. Mary Magdalene Church on December 25, 2023 in Sandringham, Norfolk | Source: Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales at the Christmas Day service at St. Mary Magdalene Church on December 25, 2023 in Sandringham, Norfolk | Source: Getty Images

At one point, she was photographed smiling as she walked behind King Charles III and held Pince Louis’ hand during their stroll. The youngest son of the Prince and Princess of Wales coordinated with his mother in blue-and-green plaid trousers, a navy double-breasted coat, and black loafers.

Prince Louis of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales and King Charles III at the Christmas morning service on December 25, 2023 in Sandringham, Norfolk | Source: Getty Images

Prince Louis of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales and King Charles III at the Christmas morning service on December 25, 2023 in Sandringham, Norfolk | Source: Getty Images

The future queen was also captured walking hand-in-hand with Princess Charlotte, who donned an olive green double-breasted coat with a blue-and-green plaid skirt, navy tights, and glossy black ballet flats, her hair styled loosely with subtle braids.

The Princess of Wales and her daughter Princess Charlotte at the Christmas morning service at the church in Sandringham on December 25, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

The Princess of Wales and her daughter Princess Charlotte at the Christmas morning service at the church in Sandringham on December 25, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Meanwhile, Prince George and Prince William matched in navy suits and white shirts. While George wore a blue tie speckled with white, his father paired his suit with a teal tie.

The Prince and Princess of Wales with their three children during the festivities on Christmas morning at Sandringham on December 25, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

The Prince and Princess of Wales with their three children during the festivities on Christmas morning at Sandringham on December 25, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Kensington Palace expressed gratitude for the support and care provided by the medical staff and the well wishes from around the world. Although specific details of the surgery were not disclosed, it was previously confirmed that the surgery was successful and the condition treated was non-cancerous.