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Kate Middleton Seen Leaving Windsor with Prince William for Private Appointment After Issuing Photo Apology

The Princess of Wales was photographed in a car with her husband

<p>Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty</p> Kate Middleton and Prince William at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre to mark World Mental Health Day on October 12, 2023 in Marlow, England.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre to mark World Mental Health Day on October 12, 2023 in Marlow, England.

Kate Middleton was seen leaving Windsor Castle with Prince William hours after apologizing for "any confusion" around her Mother's Day photo.

On Monday, the Prince and Princess of Wales were photographed driving from Windsor Castle in an image published by the Daily Mail. The snap showed the couple sitting in the backseat of a car, where Prince William, 41, glanced down and Princess Kate, 42, looked out the window.

PEOPLE understands that Princess Kate was heading to a private appointment.

Prince William stepped out on Monday with members of the royal family for the annual Commonwealth Day Service of Celebration at Westminster Abbey in London, which his wife was not expected to attend as the Princess of Wales postponed public duties during her private recovery following abdominal surgery.

<p>Chris Jackson/Getty </p> Kate Middleton visits Nottingham Trent University on Oct. 11, 2023

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Kate Middleton visits Nottingham Trent University on Oct. 11, 2023

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The sighting of Princess Kate with her husband came after trouble erupted around the first official picture of her since the surgery took place on Jan. 16.

On Monday morning, Princess Kate released a surprise statement after multiple global photo agencies including the Associated Press, Getty Images and Reuters pulled the photo that the palace shared on Sunday of Princess Kate with her three kids, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The shot was taken by Prince William last week in Windsor, where the Wales family lives, and shared on social media in honor of Mother’s Day in the U.K.

However, speculation surfaced as some wondered if the picture was edited due to several inconsistencies such as the alignment of Princess Charlotte’s left hand, Prince Louis’ sweater pattern and blurring around Princess Kate’s hair, among other hiccups.

<p>The Prince and Princess of Wales/Instagram</p> Kate Middleton's 2024 Mother's Day photo with Prince Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte

The Prince and Princess of Wales/Instagram

Kate Middleton's 2024 Mother's Day photo with Prince Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte

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Princess Kate personally apologized in a statement shared online.

"Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing. I wanted to express my apologies for any confusion the family photograph we shared yesterday caused. I hope everyone celebrating had a very happy Mother's Day,” the Princess of Wales wrote in a post shared on social media around 10:30 a.m. local time on Monday. She signed the note “C,” shorthand for Catherine, indicating the personal nature of the message.

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<p>Samir Hussein/WireImage</p> Kate Middleton with her family on Christmas 2023

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Kate Middleton with her family on Christmas 2023

The Princess of Wales' last official outing was for the royal family’s traditional walk to church on Christmas Day.

Last week, she was seen for the first time since Kensington Palace announced that she had had surgery. On March 4, Princess Kate was spotted in a car with her mother, Carole Middleton, in photos obtained by Backgrid.

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