Royal fans convinced that Kate Middleton’s ‘new’ post-surgery family pic is fake: ‘Looks like AI’

Royal fans aren’t buying that the latest snap of Kate Middleton – released Sunday on Mother’s Day in the UK – is “real.”

The Princess of Wales, 42, was pictured with her three children in the first official photograph released by the palace since she underwent an abdominal surgery.

However, people were quick to suggest the image “looked like AI” or seemed to be “Photoshopped.”

The new family snap was released by the palace on Mother’s Day in the UK. Samir Hussein/WireImage
The mother of three was all smiles with her kids. WireImage

“That looks like an AI photo…not one for the theories either but come on, that’s not a real photo … Idk doesn’t seem real,” one person theorized on Instagram.

“AI is that you?” another chimed in, echoing the sentiment.

“Are there leaves and green grass this time of year in England?” a third person wrote, insinuating the image was an old photo taken prior to the winter.

“Thank you for your kind wishes and continued support over the last two months,” she wrote on social media Sunday. Getty Images
“AI is that you?” one follower wrote under the new snap. UK Press via Getty Images

Others pointed out that the mom of three wasn’t wearing her wedding ring, more than a decade after she and Prince William, 41, said “I do.”

“WHERE’S YOUR RING??!! 💍” one fan commented, while another speculated, “no ring, tree in full bloom in winter, jeans after major abdomial [sic] surgery, face shape completely different from car photo.”

A third follower added, “What is going on??? She’s so weak she can’t stand and to make a public appearance she has had to wrap herself in her children like a blanket She’s frail …what on earth has happened??”

Others pointed out that she wasn’t wearing her wedding ring. Zak Hussein /
She and Prince William tied the knot in 2011. Getty Images

In the snap, Middleton sat in a chair at the family’s home in Windsor, surrounded by her and Prince William’s three kids: Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5.

“Thank you for your kind wishes and continued support over the last two months,” the St Andrews alum captioned the Instagram post, referencing her lengthy absence from the public eye.

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“Wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day,” she added, signing off with a cheerful “C.”

The pic was released just a few days after the brunette beauty was photographed in the passenger seat of a black Audi SUV beside her mother, Carole Middleton, as they drove near Windsor Castle.

She is expected to return to her public duties next month. Zak Hussein /

Prior to that, Middleton had not been seen since Dec. 25, 2023, when she stepped out with her husband and kids for a Christmas Day church service.

Kensington Palace later explained that she had undergone a “planned abdominal surgery” on Jan. 16, 2024.

“The surgery was successful and it is expected that she will remain in hospital for ten to fourteen days, before returning home to continue her recovery,” a spokesperson said in a statement at the time.