What's That Scar Doing on Kate Middleton's Head?

Pictures from a charity event on Wednesday night reveal a three-inch scar on Kate Middleton's head. Where on earth did it come from?

What’s That Scar Doing on Kate Middleton’s Head?

Pictures from a charity event on Wednesday night reveal a three-inch scar on Kate Middleton’s head. Where on earth did it come from?

-Lucia Peters

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, weathered her first solo royal engagement Wednesday night just fine—though interestingly, she also may have inadvertently uncovered a mystery from her past. Photographs from the dinner for the charity In Kind Direct that Kate attended that night reveal a scar of about three inches on her left temple, just under her hairline. Why, whatever could it have been from?

The Daily Mail reported that a spokesman at St. James’s Palace confirmed that it was the result of some sort of surgery Kate had as a child. “The scar related to a childhood operation,” the spokesman said, while senior royal sources commented that it had been “a very serious operation;” however, the palace refrained from providing any further details for privacy reasons.

In an effort to dig a little deeper, the Daily Mail also consulted John Scurr, a surgeon at the Lister Hospital in London. Scurr said that the scar was unlikely to have been the result of a tumor: “I really doubt it was any serious medical condition and I would say it is as a result of an arteriovenous malformation—a birthmark—being removed.” Well, thank goodness for that!

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So now Kate and Prince William have yet another thing in common: Wacky head scars. William has a zig-zag mark on his forehead that resulted from being hit in the head with a golf club when he was 13. He calls it his “Harry Potter” scar, which I find intensely amusing.

Kate, by the way, had a mere 24 hours’ notice the prepare for the In Kind Direct dinner; her father-in-law, Prince Charles, was suddenly called away to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia following the Crown Prince’s death to pay his respects to the Saudi Arabian Royal Family, so the Duchess of Cambridge gamely stepped in at the last minute to represent him. And apparently she did quite well indeed! The charity’s chief executive, Robin Boles, told People, “You would never know it was her first solo engagement. It was if she had been trained by the Prince of Wales. She was completely natural, professional, and charmed everyone. She spoke to every single guest and was genuinely interested, and interested in continuing to help.” Good for her!

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.

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