Princess of Wales: The four conspiracy theories around her latest sighting debunked

The Telegraph talks to locals at the Windsor Farm Shop and quashes the swirling rumours

The Princess of Wales was filmed by a member of the public walking with Prince William
The Princess of Wales was filmed by a member of the public walking with Prince William Credit: The Sun

The Royal family has been dogged by conspiracy theories since the Princess of Wales announced in January that she would be undergoing abdominal surgery. While she has stayed out of the public eye as she recovers, internet trolls and cruel social media commentators have made it their mission to send the rumour mill into overdrive.

The situation was not helped by the Princess admitting to a Photoshopping error when she released an image with her children on Mothering Sunday, after picture agencies “killed” the image because it had been doctored.

On Monday evening, it emerged that the Princess had been filmed by a member of the public at Windsor Farm Shop – the first full sighting of her since she was photographed by paparazzi on the school run.

Many royal observers hoped it would finally quash the swirling conspiracy theories about her health.

Instead, conspiracists and online trolls formed yet more theories about the latest video – so The Telegraph visited Windsor Farm Shop and debunked them.

Theory one: It’s old video footage from Christmas

Some conspiracists on social media sites have claimed the video must have been taken at Christmas because there are festive decorations lining the wooden huts in the background.

One claimed on Twitter: “It’s not only NOT Kate Middleton, it’s very old footage.”

The Telegraph visited the exact location of the photo on Tuesday and found the backdrop remains the same, with Christmas lights and festive holly decorations still lining the huts, which locals said had been up all year.

Locals frequently see the royal couple at the Windsor Farm Shop
Locals frequently see the royal couple at the Windsor Farm Shop Credit: JIM BENNETT

Theory two: The Windsor Farm Shop huts are no longer there

Others falsely claimed on social media that the wooden huts no longer exist.

In fact, when The Telegraph visited on Tuesday, the two wooden huts – which contain a picnic bench for families to eat goods from the café outdoors – were still there.

Theory three: It is a body double, not Kate

Some have claimed that the woman alongside Prince William in the video is someone else, not the Princess of Wales.

The body-double theory spread among some accounts on X and TikTok, especially from users based in the US, reaching millions of people.

This has been rubbished by locals who see the couple at the Windsor Farm Shop frequently. Shoppers at the farm shop were heard discussing the theories on Tuesday and one even took a live-streamed video of the backdrop to prove it to her friend.

“It’s a load of nonsense, it really is,” Ann Tanner , 71, who lives opposite the shop, told The Telegraph. “We live here just across the road, they go in and out the back gate and Dave (the doorkeeper) will have let them in quickly.

“The Princess comes here quite a lot, it’s on her doorstep and Adelaide Cottage is a couple of hundred yards away. They were at the tennis on Sunday – my friend plays there and Kate was watching the children, they’re there all the time.”

Kevin Pietersen, 43, a former England cricketer who lives in Windsor, wrote on Twitter: “We see W&K [William and Kate] most days and in the last couple days too! It beggars belief that people would be so ridiculous and cruel in writing b------t on this platform that are out and out lies.”

Theory four: The image is faked using AI

Another theory is that the latest video was doctored using artificial intelligence (AI). In a post on Twitter viewed 7.3 million times, Lorraine King, a radio DJ, claimed she had “unblurred two of the stills taken of Will and Kate at the farm shop using AI” which made the woman in the photo look very different.

Such conspiracies have gained traction since the official family portrait of the Princess of Wales with her three children, released by Kensington Palace for Mother’s Day, was deleted by photo agencies because of heavy editing and “manipulation”.

It has since emerged that another official royal portrait taken at Balmoral in August 2022 of the late Queen Elizabeth II was “digitally enhanced at source”.

There is no evidence that the latest image of the Princess out shopping has been doctored or tweaked.

Nelson Silva, the member of the public who took the video, said it was “nonsense”, adding: “Kate looked happy and relaxed.”

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