Why Did the Palace Defend Kate Middleton so Quickly But Not Meghan Markle?

When it comes to rumors surrounding the royal family, the palace usually doesn’t have much to say. Whether it’s Meghan Markle’s family drama or Prince William’s alleged affair, the general belief is that discussing these rumors will only give them continued attention. 

Because of this, royal followers were surprised when the palace recently addressed recent rumors that Kate Middleton had some work done. This has led many to question why the family was so quick to defend Kate but never does the same for Markle. Is this a case of favoritism or is there more to the story?

A plastic surgeon claimed Kate Middleton had “baby botox”

Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton | Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images

It’s common knowledge that you don’t ask a woman if she’s had work done. It should be equally as common knowledge that you don’t insinuate that the future queen consort has had botox. However, that’s just what a prominent U.K. plastic surgeon did recently. 

Dr. Munir Somji posted two photos of Middleton on his professional Instagram page, intended to be a “before” and “after” of the Duchess of Cambridge. In his post, Dr. Somji wrote: “Our Kate loves a bit of baby Botox. Patients come from far and wide to see me for this procedure. It truly is so simple… There is no excuse for doctors to leave patients with brows on the floor. Note the reduction of fine lines on the forehead. But also note the depression of the medial (middle part) brow but elevation of the lateral tail of the brow.”

The post has since been deleted. This isn’t the first time that the spa has posted pictures of the royal family. The Instagram feed features several pictures of Prince Harry and Markle. However, this does appear to be the first time that the spa has referenced any supposed work that one of the royals has had done. 

The palace issued a statement

While the palace generally keeps quiet about this type of gossip, officials from Kensington Palace issued a statement about the spa’s claims. A spokesperson for the palace told the New York Post that the spa’s post was “categorically not true.” The spokesperson went on to say: “In addition, The Royal Family never endorse commercial activity.”

The statement from the palace does not directly confirm or deny the claim that the duchess had botox. It does, however, firmly separate the royal family from the spa. 

When asked whether Middleton was a client of Dr. Medispa, a representative responded: “We wouldn’t be able to disclose whether she is a client or not. We have non-disclosure agreements where we can’t disclose our high-end clients. We absolutely can’t comment at all that she has come to us.”

Why did the palace bother to address these rumors?

It’s easy to question why the palace would choose to make a comment about something seemingly trivial and not be more aggressive in defending Markle against endless attacks from the media. Is it because Middleton is married to the future King of England or is Markle simply the black sheep?

In all likelihood, it’s neither. The royal family is very careful with who it associates itself with and as they noted, they do not do any commercial endorsements. Though it may appear that the palace is defending the duchess, the statement never denies that Middleton had any work done.

In fact, the way the statement is worded, it appears if they were careful not to make that claim. At the end of the day, it’s not about defending Middleton and not Markle — it comes down to royal politics. The palace must protect its reputation and have control over who they choose to associate themselves with.