The Royal Family ‘learnt important lesson about modern digital age’ amid Kate’s diagnosis

The Royal Family ‘learnt important lesson about modern digital age’ amid Kate’s diagnosis

Watch: Kate Middleton ‘coerced’ into announcing cancer diagnosis early by ‘demanding’ public

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Hannah Ross

By Hannah Ross

Published: 28/03/2024

- 21:28

The Princess of Wales announced her cancer diagnosis on Friday via a video message

  • Princess Kate’s announcement came after weeks of speculation surrounding her health
  • The Royal Family learned that 'an information vacuum will be filled' on the internet
  • The Princess of Wales received an outpouring of support after revealing her diagnosis

The Royal Family has learned an important lesson about the modern digital age amidst Kate’s diagnosis.

A source has said that the Royal Family’s mantra to “never complain, never explain” doesn’t work in the digital age.

Leading up to the Princess of Wales’s cancer announcement the internet exploded with speculation surrounding Kate’s whereabouts.

Internet users began making up conspiracy theories about the princess’s health and where she was.

Princess Kate

The princess was the subject of conspiracy theories online

Kensington Palace

The Royal Family learned that if there is an information vacuum, then others will rush in to fill it which could lead to "messy" results.

Ellie Hall, a royal correspondent, said: “The Royal Family's mantra is never complain, never explain.

“That really doesn't work in a digital age. It doesn't take much to get the crazy things going.”

Princess KatePrincess Kate announced her cancer diagnosis on Friday PA

On January 17, Kensington Palace announced that Kate had undergone a planned abdominal surgery and would not be attending any public events until after Easter.

Theorising about Kate’s absence intensified after Prince William missed his godfather’s memorial service due to a “personal matter.”

The conspiracies grew even worse after the princess released a Mother’s Day photo of herself and her children which was later found to be edited.

Daniel Allington, a social scientist at King’s College in London who studies disinformation said: “Once people start speculating that you are lying to them it’s very hard to get them back on board.”

Princess Kate

The Royal Family learned that an 'information vacuum will be filled' on the internet


The rumours continued to circulate until the Princess of Wales released a video message on Friday, March 22 announcing that she had been diagnosed with cancer.

She said: “I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you, personally, for all the wonderful messages of support and for your understanding whilst I have been recovering from surgery.

“It has been an incredibly tough couple of months for our entire family, but I’ve had a fantastic medical team who have taken great care of me, for which I am so grateful.

“In January, I underwent major abdominal surgery in London and at the time, it was thought that my condition was non-cancerous. The surgery was successful. However, tests after the operation found cancer had been present.”


Princess KatePrincess Kate underwent 'planned abdominal surgery' in JanuaryGetty

Celebrities took to the internet to publicly apologise for joking about the Kate conspiracy theories after learning the seriousness of her condition.

Actress Blake Lively issued an apology for joking about Kate’s Photoshop blunder before the princess’s diagnosis was revealed.

Former royal correspondent Jennie Bond said: “I hope those social media trolls who are peddling such ghastly theories will realise what they have done.

“Her absolute priority will be those three children.”

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