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It's Seriously Time to Stop Body-Shaming Kate Middleton

Jenn is perhaps best known as the author of the popular parenting blog Breed ‘Em and Weep (2005-2012). She’s written for many magazines, newspapers and websites, including Brain, Child Magazine, Literary Mama, and The Boston Globe. Jenn’...

The bump- & body-shaming of the duchess has got to stop

It takes a special kind of horrible to trash pregnant Kate Middleton for looking "too thin" (on the official Kensington Palace Instagram account, no less) after weeks of her terrible case of hyperemesis gravidarum — severe, debilitating morning sickness.

It's especially horrible considering the recent photos of the former Kate Middleton come from her appearance at a World Mental Health Day reception at Buckingham Palace on Oct. 10 — her public debut after weeks of bed rest (and the official announcement of her third pregnancy).

Never mind that Kate's got two other kids running her ragged (because we're sure even adorable tots like Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2, have trying days). Never mind that this is the third time the duchess has suffered from the condition. Never mind that Kate dragged her exhausted self out of bed to champion mental health advocacy. And never mind that she looked ridiculously fabulous in a demure blue lace Temperley London (one of her favorite designers) dress. Nope. The internet trolls pounced anyway.

"I can't believe she's prego, she looks too thin," wrote one commenter.

Another called her "emaciated" and "severely malnourished."

A third asked, "Is she pregnant?"

More: Kate Middleton Is Actually Being Shamed for Being Pregnant

For the love of all things good, people, just stop with the judgment. Don't make Pippa Middleton come after you; an insider told Us that the duchess's sister has been with her at the palace regularly. Kate is still not out of the hyperemesis woods yet, either, according to a royal aide who spoke with Hello! (can't imagine the palace would keep that particular royal aide if they knew said aide was chatting up tabloids). The aide said, "The Duchess’ condition is improving, but she is still suffering.”

And we're still suffering hearing about the incessant body-judging and -shaming that Kate (and plenty of other women) are receiving. Enough horribleness, humanity, OK? Enough.

More: Pregnant & Sick Kate Middleton Has One Regular Visitor to Keep Her Company

Our favorite comment on the Kensington Palace Instagram sums it up better than we can. "It is my sincere hope that EVERY SINGLE UNEDUCATED twit who is criticizing The Dutchess [sic] of Cambridge is stricken with intractable vomiting for a few days DO [sic] THEY CAN SEE what this precious young woman is experiencing and has been FOR MONTHS. it's quite hard to gain any weight when you are puking your toenails up all day. Not to mention she is very tiny all the time. She has two other children she is expending calories on every day. Mainly I want to say thank you Kate for caring enough to make Mental Health a priority and mustering the energy and strength to show support even going through a rough patch of several months. If you are one of the ass hats commenting on her size in a negative way shut the fuck up and educate yourself."

If we didn't know better, we might think Pippa wrote that herself.

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