Kensington Palace has done something it very, very rarely does: break its silence and subsequently shut down a report that Kate Middleton has gotten botox.
Page Six reports that British plastic surgeon Dr. Munir Somji, of the Dr. Medi Spa Clinic in London, hinted on his business's Instagram that the Duchess of Cambridge is a client and regularly receives treatments. A spokesman for the Palace told the outlet that the clinic's Instagram post is “categorically not true” and “in addition, The Royal Family never endorse commercial activity.”
Dr. Medi Spa Clinic posted a side-by-side image of the Duchess, writing, "Our Kate loves a bit of baby Botox. Patients come from far and wide to see me for this procedure. It truly is so simple… There is no excuse for doctors to leave patients with brows on the floor. Note the reduction of fine lines on the forehead. But also note the depression of the medial (middle part) brow but elevation of the lateral tail of the brow. The magic of baby Botox is that it does not leave you feeling so heavy and provides you with a subtle reduction of lines as well as a better eyebrow position. Now 90 percent of my patients have baby Botox and are happy even at 3-4 months post treatment."
Somji's business has since disabled comments on the post, but the Instagram remains up for now.
This is not the first story the Palace has shut down this year. In March, Kensington Palace denied a Vanity Fair report that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (whose office was still based in Kensington Palace at the time) were going to raise their baby gender-fluid.
Buckingham Palace has additionally denied a story that Meghan and Harry were involved in CBS's Harry and Meghan Plus One special and commented that April's report of Meghan and Harry moving to Africa is just speculative. (They ultimately are just going on a royal tour there, not moving abroad.)
Alyssa Bailey News and Strategy Editor Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton).