The Kate Middleton Band-Aids Theory Is the Latest Rumor About the Princess's Health

One theory has folks speculating that Kate, much like her late mother-in-law Princess Diana, could have an eating disorder.

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Mar. 18 2024, Published 11:51 a.m. ET

Kate Middleton at The "Together At Christmas" Carol Service at Westminster Abbey on Dec. 8, 2023 in London
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If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, call the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline at 1-800-931-2237.

Until the public sees Kate Middleton in the flesh following her surgery and subsequent very private recovery, theories will continue to circulate as to the health and well being of the much-loved Princess of Wales.

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TikTok has a theory that is going viral and it has to do with Kate having an eating disorder, and trying to keep that information from the millions of royal family watchers who are wondering how she is — and where she is.

Kate Middleton at the opening of Evelina London's new children's day surgery unit on Dec. 5, 2023 in London
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Kate Middleton's bandaids may hint at the princess having an eating disorder, according to theories online.

In a theory that one TikToker said is the only one "grounded in reality," a creator who shares content using the handle @herminator_mn speculates that Kate, much like her late mother-in-law Princess Diana, has an eating disorder.

The proof?

According to TikTok, Kate has been wearing Band-Aids on her fingers consistently in recent photos. And, that points to wear and tear on the hands, a sign of having bulimia. It's called Russell's sign actually, and results from purging repeatedly.

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In the TikTok that suggests Kate could have bulimia, the creator says that "the parallels" between what Diana went though and what Kate may be dealing with "are pretty sad and pretty scary."

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The clip ends with a prompt to google information about gastrointestinal problems that can be caused by bulimia. Remember, the Princess of Wales underwent an abdominal surgery in January 2024, although more information about exactly what that involved was not shared — and still has not been disclosed despite intense public scrutiny.

Princess Diana in "the revenge dress" in 1994
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Princess Diana spoke out about having an eating disorder.

All the way back in 1995, the most famous woman in the world at that time, Diana, was talking about having bulimia.

Indeed, the brave royal said in a now-famous interview with Martin Bashir, "I had bulimia for a number of years. And that’s like a secret disease."

"You inflict it upon yourself because your self-esteem is at a low ebb, and you don’t think you’re worthy or valuable," Diana continued. "You fill your stomach up four or five times a day – some do it more – and it gives you a feeling of comfort.”

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Even though Diana was outspoken about what she went through, Kate up until this point has not said that she has an eating disorder. So, although the TikToker who speculated about this being the case asked for space and kindness for the royal if she indeed struggling with a mental health crisis involving an eating disorder, at this time, this is still a rumor.

To be fair, this video if far from the first time that the Band-Aids theory or speculation about Kate having an eating disorder has been shared.

As of this writing, the palace has not offered any more information about what Kate is dealing with, nor has the royal family changed its original statement that Kate would return to her royal duties around Easter, at the end of March 2024.

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