Kate Middleton first met Prince William in 2001 while they were both studying at university in Scotland. The couple didn’t start dating until two years later, however, and even then they didn’t confirm their relationship. Nevertheless, the media soon became infatuated with Kate.
Indeed, speculation began to mount regarding the status of their relationship. And, after the young couple were pictured skiing together, they had no choice but to admit that they were dating. What’s more, for Kate this invasion of her privacy was perhaps a taste of what was to come.
You see, the press’ interest in Kate didn’t wane. And in 2005 her lawyers complained about the treatment that she was receiving at the hands of the media – even going so far as to claim that she was being hounded. But again, this did nothing to diminish the amount of media attention that she was being subjected to. And as a result, in 2007 both William and his father, Prince Charles, felt the need to step in.
In fact, according to The Daily Telegraph, once William learned of the press’ behavior, he was “absolutely furious.” This might not come as a surprise to some people, given that it was widely reported that the accident that led to his mother’s death was partly caused by the paparazzi.
After William and Charles intervened, some newspapers took notice and subsequently stopped using paparazzi images of Kate. Nonetheless, just three years later, the future duchess was forced to pursue a claim for invasion of privacy, after photos were taken of her while she was holidaying with her family.
But that wasn’t the end of it. Unfortunately, after the couple got married, the amount of media intrusion did not diminish. In fact, just one year after their wedding, the royal couple’s privacy was invaded like never before during a vacation in France.
In 2012 two magazines chose to print photographs of the Duchess sunbathing topless during her stay in a private chateâu. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, Kate and William decided to take legal action against the publications. Both magazines were subsequently ordered to pay significant fines.
But in the years following that incident, the paparazzi appeared to continue to push their luck. So much so, in fact, that Kensington Palace felt the need to release a statement outlining the intrusive and even hazardous lengths that the press were reportedly going to in order to take photos of the Duke and Duchess’ children.
And with another baby on the way, we’d be surprised if the privacy of their children wasn’t still very much on the minds of the royal couple. However, it’s the media’s scrutiny of the Duchess of Cambridge that has caused controversy recently. It reached such ridiculous levels, in fact, that some people felt that they just had to intervene.
On March 6, 2018, Kate visited a primary school in Oxford to discuss mental health among young children. For the trip, the Duchess opted to wear a cream coat, which she combined with brown heels and a clutch bag. But British tabloid the Daily Mail didn’t choose to focus on her stylish outfit or the reason for her visit.
Instead, it chose to focus on the Duchess’ hands. The publication claimed that in one particular picture, three of Kate’s fingers appeared to be the same length. What’s more, along with the help of experts, such as developmental biologist Professor John Manning, the newspaper alleged that Kate’s digits revealed personal things about her.
According to the Daily Mail’s article, the fact that Kate’s middle finger seems to be the same length as her index and fourth finger shows that she feels great sympathy for others. Another of the tabloid’s experts claimed that the shape of the Duchess’ palm suggests that she is “quiet, refined, intelligent, sensitive and articulate.”
The paper also claimed that Kate’s pinky finger is abnormally long. Apparently, this reveals that the Duchess is good with money. However, those who have such a lengthy digit are supposedly more likely to cheat on their other half – something that we’re sure she would never even consider.
But Kate wasn’t the only individual who was under such scrutiny. In fact, several other members of the royal family were subject to the newspaper’s alleged insights. The tabloid reported that both Prince Andrew – the Queen’s second son – and Zara Tindall, one of the Queen’s granddaughters, have index fingers that are shorter than their ring finger.
Supposedly, this attribute is most common in those who are sporty by nature. Professor Manning even went so far as to say, “There is a strong correlation between longer ring fingers and excelling at running.” But it wasn’t just the Queen’s kin who were examined – the monarch herself was even put under the microscope.
The newspaper went on to claim that, like Prince Harry, the Queen’s index and fourth finger are of a similar length, too. Supposedly, individuals with this characteristic are extremely organized. And, more often than not, they tend to avoid conflict. All qualities that are likely to be valued in a monarch.
However, the internet appeared to be outraged at the extent to which Kate and the other royals had been scrutinized. Many took to Twitter to vent their frustration, including one user who compared the Daily Mail’s headline with that of other, arguably far more important, events that were happening in the world. They wrote, “Sure kids are getting shot up in schools and the worldwide community is silent on the Rohingya refugee crisis and nuclear war is imminent but DO TELL ME about Kate Middleton’s uneven fingers.”
Even Twitter itself waded in to the controversy. In a tweet shared on its official page, Twitter poked fun at the whole debacle, writing, “The Daily Mail claimed the Duchess of Cambridge’s fingers are all the same length, they aren’t.” The social media platform wasn’t the only one to make light of the situation, though, as others were happy to join in.
Another Twitter user reminded those who were currently stressing about their studies not to worry, “If ur gearing up for a tough day of writing essays don’t forget a journalist wrote two pages on the length of Kate Middleton’s fingers,” they observed. What’s more, the article itself racked up more than 600 comments – many of which condemned the piece.
While many people have jumped to Kate’s defense, the Duchess herself has yet to make a statement about the tabloid’s claims. In fact, not a single member of the royal family has chosen even to acknowledge the newspaper article. It seems that Kate would probably prefer the public’s focus to be on the reason for her visit, rather than the length of her fingers.