Princess Catherine believed to be in a ‘fragile mental and physical state’ following photo furore

Mar 13, 2024
The incident has cast a shadow over what should have been a joyous occasion, leaving Princess Catherine vulnerable to intense public scrutiny. Source: Getty Images.

In the wake of a controversial Mother’s Day photo release from Kensington Palace, Princess Catherine has found herself ensnared in a whirlwind of scrutiny and criticism.

Amid the uproar, royal commentator Jennie Bond has voiced concerns over the Princess’s well-being, suggesting she is in a delicate state both mentally and physically.

Bond, known for her insightful commentary on all matters royal, expressed her worries during a recent interview with GB News.

“We are in danger of bullying a lady who is trying to recover from a very serious operation. I think of how she must be feeling this morning. Absolutely miserable, I think,” Bond said.

The controversy stems from an allegedly manipulated family photograph released by Kensington Palace on Sunday, March 10 which saw Catherine publicly accepting blame and issuing an apology for the ensuing confusion.

The incident has cast a shadow over what should have been a joyous occasion, leaving Princess Catherine vulnerable to intense public scrutiny.

“Her Mother’s Day was obviously ruined by this row. She was photographed yesterday in the car with William. From what we can see, she didn’t look that happy, she must feel under intense pressure now whenever she’s going to be seen in public,” Bond explained.

“The pressure has doubled and redoubled. I think she’s in a fragile mental and physical state. And we should lay off her.”

The image in question, featuring Catherine alongside her three children – George, Charlotte, and Louis – was shared to social media on Sunday, March 10 only to be swiftly withdrawn by news agencies, including The Associated Press, amid allegations of photo manipulation.

The Palace insisted that the photo, supposedly taken by Prince William himself, was intended to mark Mother’s Day in Britain. However, the alleged manipulation of the image raised eyebrows and led to a violation of news agency photo guidelines.

This particular snapshot marked Princess Catherine’s first official appearance since undergoing abdominal surgery nearly two months ago, putting an end to weeks of speculation and curiosity about her whereabouts.

While the photo was designed to dispel rumours and reassure the public, it seems to have had the opposite effect, fueling further conjecture about the circumstances surrounding its release.

In a rare move, Princess Catherine addressed the controversy directly through a post on her official social media accounts.

“Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing,” she began.

“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.”

This marks the second time Princess Catherine spoke out following her months-long silence after undergoing abdominal surgery.

In her previous Mother’s Day post, she thanked her supporters for their messages of encouragement as she continues her recovery.

“Thank you for your kind wishes and continued support over the last two months,” she told followers.

“Wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day. C.”

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