The Kate Middleton conspiracy theories and the royals' right to privacy

Internet speculation 'rife' about the whereabouts of the Princess of Wales

Kate Middleton
Conspiracy theories about Kate Middleton's absence have ranged from 'glib' to 'grimly sinister'
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The royal family is facing increasingly wild conspiracy theories about the Princess of Wales following her disappearance from public view to recover from surgery.

Kensington Palace announced in January that Kate Middleton had undergone planned abdominal surgery and would not resume her public duties until "after Easter" at the earliest. 

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