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Kate’s Cancer Diagnosis: From Conspiracies to Compassion: How the Tone Has Changed in the United States

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

As in the United Kingdom, Kate’s Cancer Diagnosis dominated major broadcasters and newspapers on Friday.

This is a definite change from the media coverage that has unfolded in recent weeks, as jokes were made and conspiracy theories spread following the release of the now infamous doctored photo of Mother’s Day from Kensington Palace.

The aim of the photo was to quell speculation about the princess’s abdominal operation – but it fanned the flames when news agencies removed it from the edit.

While rumors about KateThe health and personal life of took place on social media here in the United States, there were big celebrities such as Kim Kardashian And Blake Lively sharing comments, and the rumors even reached the general public.

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Blake Lively posted this apology via an Instagram story. Photo: Blake Lively / Instagram

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

On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the host made jokes about the royal family, while satirical news program The Daily Show also aired a six-minute segment on the situation.

Andy Cohen, host of the American talk show Watch What Happens Live!, also tweeted “It’s not Kate…” after photos of the Princess of Wales goes shopping with Prince William at a farm store in Windsor.

View host Whoopi Goldberg, however, took a more serious approach, suggesting that the conspiracy theories in the wake of the photo weren’t kind.

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Prince William and Kate at a farm shop in Windsor

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

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

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

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

Today, the tone in America has changed, with an outpouring of support and shared good wishes from around the world.

By Friday evening, hashtags such as “WeLoveYouCatherine” and “GetWellSoonCatherine” were trending on X, formerly Twitter — the same website that hosted much of the fevered speculation earlier this month.

Kate’s diagnosis was among the headlines on major television networks, including CNN, CBS and Fox News, on Saturday morning, and the headlines will undoubtedly continue throughout the weekend.

On CNN’s website, a segment is devoted to Kate’s diagnosis and “what we know,” including comments from royal and medical experts. CBS publishes the story, along with an article on the doctors’ “insights.”

CNN publishes an article entitled The Princess of Wales;  Cancer diagnosis: what we know.  Photo: CNN
CNN publishes an article titled The Princess of Wales’ Cancer Diagnosis: What We Know. Photo: CNN

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Harry and Meghan, who now live in the United States, were among thousands of well-wishers sharing messages of support following the princess’s announcement, issuing a simple statement referring to the noise that has surrounded her in recent weeks – a situation that they all know too. well themselves.

“We wish health and healing to Kate and her family, and hope they can do so privately and peacefully,” they said.

American headlines – and the internet – are now turning to “kindness.”

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

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