Extensiongate Explained: So What's the Deal With Kate Middleton's Scar?

Despite initial speculation that the duchess had inadvertently revealed an extension track, spokesman confirms that three-inch mark is the result of a childhood operation

By Gina Serpe Oct 27, 2011 9:06 PMTags
Catherine, Duchess of CambridgePaul Burns/Clarence House via Getty Images

Yes, ladies and gentleman of the ever discerning Internet: Kate Middleton has a physical flaw.

It took awhile to find, but it's been found.

But it's not what you may think. Let us explain…

You see, earlier today, photos of Kate's first-ever solo engagement as a royal emerged, when she nobly stood in for Prince Charles at a formal, private charity dinner. But as no good deed goes unscrutinized, particularly when we're talking about the Duchess of Cambridge, it didn't take long for certain sections of the media to somewhat gleefully discover that the newlywed seemed to have a hair or two out of place.

Soon, blogs were awash with "news" that Her Royal Hairness and her shiny, luscious, perfect locks were something of a dupe, as zoomed in photos seemed to be taken as proof that the royal—who had her hair pulled back on this occasion—had inadvertently revealed what they thought was an extension track.

Well, nobody calls out a duchess' hair and gets away with it, and a spokesman for Prince William's missus was quick to clarify: the suspicious hairline was not an extension track, but rather a three-inch-long scar Kate sustained as a child. But, you know, cheers for pointing it out.

"The scar is related to a childhood operation," the spokesman told E! News.

Though the exact nature of the operation was not disclosed, the Daily Mail (which, incidentally, had been leading the charge on Extensiongate, though they have since removed their offending post) cited several anonymous senior royal sources saying that it was likely a "very serious operation," though to be fair, they also had a consultant surgeon weigh in, and he declared the very opposite.

"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."

Whatever the cause, we're just happy that the gorgeous-as-ever duchess is back to her healthy self. Long live the (future) queen!