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Kate’s cancer diagnosis: From conspiracies to compassion – how the tone has changed in the USA

After weeks of intense speculation, not only on social media but also in some news outlets, the tone of reporting on the Princess of Wales’s health has changed in the United States.

Like in the UK Kate’s cancer diagnosis dominated the major broadcasters and newspapers on Friday.

It’s a marked departure from the coverage of recent weeks, when jokes and conspiracy theories were spread following the release of the now infamous film manipulated Mother’s Day photo from Kensington Palace.

The image aimed to quell speculation about the princess’s abdominal surgery – but it fanned the flames when news outlets dragged it beyond editing.

While rumors about it KateHealth and private life took place here on social media; in the USA there were big celebrities such as: Kim Kardashian And Blake Lively They exchanged comments and the rumors even reached the mainstream.

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Blake Lively posted this apology via an Instagram story after commenting "Photoshop fails due to frenzy" after publishing a photo edited of Kate, Princess of Wales.  Image: Blake Lively / Instagram
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Blake Lively posted this apology via an Instagram story. Image: Blake Lively / Instagram

Blake Lively arrives at the Michael Kors Fall/Winter 2024 fashion show during New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, in New York.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Blake Lively pictured in February. Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

On “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” the host joked about the royals, while satirical news program “The Daily Show” also aired a six-minute segment about the situation.

Andy Cohen, host of US talk show Watch What Happens Live!, also tweeted: “That’s not Kate…” after pictures emerged Princess of Wales shops in a farm shop with Prince William in Windsor.

However, The View host Whoopi Goldberg took a more serious approach, suggesting that the conspiracy theories following the photo were not good.

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Prince William and Kate in a farm shop in Windsor

Entertainment site TMZ has released the documentary TMZ Investigates: Where Is Kate Middleton? broadcast. on Fox on Thursday evening with commentary from broadcaster Piers Morgan and Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell, as well as a US surgeon.

Some details of the show now appear to have been removed from the TMZ website.

And two podcasters who regularly shared commentary and conspiracy theories have had their content removed from social media.

Sky News’ analysis found that the number of mentions of “Kate Middleton” on Facebook and Instagram in the US was around 2,600 the day before the photo was published (March 9) – the day after (March 11). more than 128,000 mentions.

The tone has now changed in America and support and congratulations are pouring in from around the world.

On Friday evening, hashtags like “WeLoveYouCatherine” and “GetWellSoonCatherine” were trending on X, formerly Twitter – the same site that hosted much of the fevered speculation earlier this month.

Kate’s diagnosis was among the top stories on Saturday morning on major networks including CNN, CBS and Fox News, and the headlines will no doubt continue throughout the weekend.

CNN’s website has a section dedicated to Kate’s diagnosis and “what we know,” including comments from royal and medical experts. CBS is showing the story as well as an article about the doctors’ “findings.”

CNN publishes an article titled “The Princess of Wales.”  Cancer Diagnosis: What We Know.  Image: CNN
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CNN publishes an article titled “The Princess of Wales’ Cancer Diagnosis: What We Know.” Image: CNN

Read more from Sky News:
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Harry and Meghan, who now live in the US, were among thousands of well-wishers who sent messages of support following the Princess’s announcement and released a simple statement that addressed the noise that has surrounded them in recent weeks – a situation which you all know yourself.

“We wish Kate and the family health and healing and hope they can do so privately and in peace,” they said.

The US headlines – and the Internet – are now trying to be “friendly”.

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As a future queen, Kate will never have a typical private life – but hopefully she can now continue her treatment away from the chaos of the conspiracy.

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