Editors note on Kate Middleton’s cancer announcement video sparks speculation, new theories

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New Delhi: Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, 42, took the social media by storm last month after she announced in a video statement that she has cancer. Global photo agency Getty Images has now added an “editor’s note” to Middleton’s cancer announcement video, sparking concerns and conspiracy theories about the authenticity of the clip. “This Handout clip was provided by a third-party organisation and may not adhere to Getty Images’ editorial policy,” the note reads.

Getty explains why it added editor’s note to cancer video

As the editorial note sparked concerns about the credibility of the photos and videos coming from the Palace, a Getty spokesperson explained that the disclaimer is included for handout content from third-party organisations to highlight potential deviations from Getty’s editorial guidelines.

Last month, major photo agencies like Reuters and AP and social media platforms flagged Kate Middleton’s Mother’s Day photo amid apprehensions that it was heavily edited or fabricated. The Kensington Palace, which had released the photo, later issued a “kill order” for the image.

What Kate said in March video

In the video message released by Kensington Palace on March 22, Kate Middleton revealed that she is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer and is “well and getting stronger every day”. The video shot at Windsor Castle showed Princess of Wales sitting on a bench in front of a picturesque garden, sharing her story.

Middleton, wife of the heir to the throne Prince William, underwent a major abdominal surgery in London in January. “The surgery was successful. However, tests after the operation found cancer had been present. My medical team therefore advised that I should undergo a course of preventative chemotherapy and I am now in the early stages of that treatment,” she said in the video message, calling the cancer discovery a “huge shock”. Middleton had been keeping a low profile since January following her abdominal procedure, sparking widespread speculation and conspiracy theories regarding her health and whereabouts.

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