In January 2018, June Kenton, the Queen’s longtime bra maker, learned the hard way that providing services to the royal family requires quite a bit of discretion. When she published a memoir (delightfully titled Storm in a D-Cup) that included a few details about her fittings with the Queen, the Palace cancelled her royal warrant, the certification that says she provides products to the family and can use their name to advertise. Famously hesitant to admit they use anyone’s services, candidness about exchanges with the family is the ultimate transgression. Though Kate Middleton currently cannot issue royal warrants, an Instagram post this week proves exactly why the family is so sensitive about who can advertise with their name.
Munir Somji, a plastic surgeon with two clinics in London called Dr. MediSpa, posted a “before-and-after” picture of Kate to his Instagram, one more clearly showing signs of aging than the other. He commented that this was a sign she was using “baby” Botox, subtle injections of botulinum toxin to relax wrinkles. One word made things complicated: he called her “Our Kate,” and commenters seemed to interpret this as a sign that he did her baby Botox personally.
In a statement to the New York Post, Kensington Palace denied this. They said the post is “categorically not true,” adding that “The Royal Family never endorse commercial activity.”
It’s obviously possible that “after” Kate is perfectly natural. She’s talked about how raising young children has been difficult for her at some points. Anyone who has spent an hour on beauty YouTube or watched a horror film from the age of practical effects can tell you that makeup can do wonders, as can eight hours of sleep and a few liters of water.
There are currently no plastic surgeons listed on the list of warrant holders given by the Royal Warrant Holders Association, and it seems unlikely that the Queen, Prince Philip, or Prince Charles have had any. But public opinions about Botox specifically have changed drastically since the product was first introduced, and women are more likely to say they use it. Maybe there will be a royal plastic surgeon someday in the future, but it will likely not be the Instagram-loving Dr. MediSpa.