Why is everyone talking about Kate Middleton’s gray hairs?

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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, made her first public appearance since the birth of Prince George as she joined husband Prince William, the Duke Of Cambridge, at Breakwater Country Park for the start of the Ring O' Fire Anglesey Coastal Ultra Marathon, a three-day, 135-mile foot race around the rugged coast of Anglesey, Wales, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. (AP Photo / Paul Lewis, Pool)

To some, it might seem as though Kate Middleton has a charmed life. After her marriage to Prince William in 2011, she has attended countless glamorous events; her job essentially means she gets to dress up most of the time.

But sadly, news outlets can’t simply stick to discussing her style—which is a reasonable enough topic. Her figure is also constantly under scrutiny, and now her few gray hairs, caught on camera yesterday, have made international headlines.

Instead of the excitement that surrounded her surprise bus journey yesterday morning to visit Poppy Day volunteers, it’s the touch of silver at her roots that has somehow become “news.”

“It looks as though motherhood might be getting the better of Kate Middleton,” reads an article from a British paper. From the hysterical tone, you’d think Kate were publicly floundering in her new role as mother to Prince George—as if she and her baby weren’t pictured at his christening a week ago both looking as healthy and happy as possible.

So far, Kate has performed admirably well under the constant attention to her looks. Although she sprang back into shape rapidly after giving birth to George in July, on the day of his birth, when she and William displayed their son to the world, she wore a baby-blue dress that made no attempt to disguise what a woman’s tummy looks like after having a baby. She was generally commended for the choice, but that didn’t stop OK! Magazine from running a story on “Kate’s Post-Baby Weight Loss Regime” only two days after George was born.

It can’t be easy for Kate, who must balance her home life and role as a first-time mother with her duties as a royal. So far, she has remained dignified in the face of public scrutiny of—seemingly—every part of her body. Let’s hope she continues to do so—and let’s give her a break.

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