Eagle-eyed royal fans have become convinced that a detail in the Prince and Princess of Wales’ anniversary photo is a clue to the ‘state of their marriage’.
The image, shared on the couple’s official social media pages, shows the prince and princess holding hands, balancing on bicycles.
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“12 years,” the red heart emoji caption simply read.
But royal watchers immediately noticed that Kate and William were wearing the same clothes as in the photos shared to celebrate Christmas and Mother’s Day in the UK.
William wore a navy blue Ralph Lauren shirt and Ray Bans in the casual photo, while Kate wore her now signature white shirt and floral jeans.
This led to wild speculation that the couple were leading ‘separate lives’.
“You know this is the same pic they’ve been using since Christmas and before,” one commenter noted on Twitter.
“I find it odd that this is from the same day as the Christmas and birthday photos,” said another.
“This was taken when they shot the Christmas pictures. So they get together once a year and take all the pictures?” asked a user.
“Dear unhappy couples. If you hate yourself but need to keep up appearances, then have your Christmas, Mother’s Day and Anniversary photos all in one day. Follow me for more marriage advice!” one commenter sarcastically wrote.
“Anyone want to guess what their Father’s Day photo will look like?” teased another.
“I’m glad I wasn’t alone when I noticed that too. I thought: “Do they really recycle photos?” asked one, while another said: “One photo shoot done in one day. Then we don’t need to see each other for the rest of the year.
“Couldn’t they really just switch outfits?” an onlooker said of their now signature outfits.
“Just explain this, three different events. Mother’s Day, Anniversary and Christmas, you all take a day to take all their pictures. They seem to lead separate lives to me #charlesanddiana2.0,” read one particularly critical comment.
“It’s perfectly fine”
Many jumped to the royal couple’s defence, believing it was “perfectly fine” to hold a photo shoot – especially with their children Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, five.
“Actually, I don’t mind. Do it all at once and you won’t have to drag the kids to a photo shoot multiple times,” one claimed.
“Oh shhhh! Normal people do a photo shoot and use photos from that photo shoot throughout the year. It’s all right,” replied a second.
“I love that they’re using photos from last summer. It’s good that everything is not always new with them”, wrote a fan.
“I mean, it’s efficiency. I’m more likely to do this than plan a lot of photo shoots. It’s such a nice, relaxed picture, their marriage really brings out the trolls. Wild,” added another.
Supporting the couple, a user agreed that it’s “quite normal to drive the kids for a few hours of photos than to use for the whole year – holidays, anniversaries, birthdays.”
Prince William and the then Kate Middleton married at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011, after eight years together.
After the wedding, the newlyweds moved to Anglesey in Wales, where William completed his helicopter training to become an RAF search and rescue pilot.
Originally named Duke and Duchess of Cambridge by Queen Elizabeth, they were elevated to Prince and Princess of Wales after the Queen’s death by King Charles.
Together with their three children, the family now lives in Adelaide Villa in the grounds of Windsor Castle, 40 minutes outside of London.
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