Kensington Palace is on rumour control after a British plastic surgeon took to Instagram alleging the Duchess of Cambridge received cosmetic injections.
On Wednesday, Dr. Munir Somji shared a side-by-side photo of Kate Middleton claiming the royal is a fan of “baby Botox,” a term used to refer to a technique where low volumes of Botox are administered to soften fine lines and wrinkles for a more natural appearance.
“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,” Somji wrote to his more than 48,000 followers, seemingly implying Middleton is a client.“There is no excuse for doctors to leave patients with brows on the floor.”
In the now-deleted Instagram post, Somji continued by deconstructing Middleton’s appearance in what he considers “before” and “after” photos.
“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,” he wrote.
“The magic of baby Botox is that it does not leave you feeling so heavy and provides you with a little subtle reduction of of lines as well as better eyebrow position,” he added. “Now 90 per cent of my patients have baby Botox and are happy even at 3-4 months post.”
Representatives for the 37-year-old royal issued a statement to the New York Post stating that any reports of the duchess receiving cosmetic injections are “categorically not true” noting “the Royal Family never endorse commercial activity.”
Somji has since deleted the post from the page for his practice, Dr. Medi Spa. In an interview with Page Six, Dr. Medi Spa marketing manager skirted questions of whether or not Middleton is actually a Somji client.
“We wouldn’t be able to disclose whether she is a client or not We have non-disclosure agreements where we can’t disclose our high-end clients. We absolutely can’t comment at all that she has come to us,” Sammy Curry said.
Curry went on to explain that Somji only shared the photo with followers to provide what he considers a good example of baby Botox.
“He just wanted to show the transformation that it can create and obviously how it can be used for subtle results and how it’s really good for anti aging,” Curry said. “This gives the effect of Botox, but you won’t have the frozen look.”
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of Botox injections has increased 845 per cent since the year 2000. Over 7.4 million injections were administered in 2018, making it the most popular minimally-invasive procedure in the United States.
Social media reaction to the claims have been overwhelmingly positive. Although royal spokespersons deny the royal received Botox, many are defending Middleton and hitting back at the stigma surrounding injectables.
“What does it matter really?” one female user wrote. “If it makes her feel good [then] good luck to her. Half the nation has it.”
“People can be so mean towards others. Let that woman alone! If [the] UK's problems would only solved if she didn't get any botox then it'll matter! But since not, let her be if she did! Every woman in the world is always under so pressured to be always pretty, look young, skinny, be smart!” another added. “And when a woman makes a move to do so is thrown under the bus! It is not fair!”