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Prince Charles’ hands go viral after photos of swollen fingers


Prince Charles regularly attracts the attention of internet users due to his swollen hands and he joked about his “sausage fingers” when Prince William was born.

The Prince of Wales went viral after a Reddit post featured a photo of the future king apparently suffering from swelling in his hands and fingers.

The image was posted to the ‘strangely terrifying’ group on May 11 and had garnered over 69,000 votes by May 12.

Prince Charles’ swollen hands during a visit to the West London Welcome Community Center on April 28, 2022. The future king has caught the eye of internet users due to his swollen fingers.
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The thread featured baseless speculation about the royal’s health, but in reality, it’s not the first time the prince’s hands have attracted attention.

His feet and hands swelled during a visit to India in 2019 as footage appeared to show a British newspaper Metro.

Fans also noticed the apparent swelling in May 2021 when the Prince of Wales was visiting a South London pub where he stopped for a pint.

Charles appears to have continued to have swollen hands since, including during an engagement at the West London Welcome community centre, which supports refugees and asylum seekers, on April 28.

The exact cause of Prince Charles’ swollen hands is unclear, but the swelling can result from anything from water retention to a sudden change in temperature and even eating too salty food.

There are times when swollen hands can signal a medical problem that needs a doctor’s attention, but there is no indication that Charles’ problem is serious.

The prince shed light on the issue as early as 1982 when he jokingly called himself “sausage fingers” in a letter to a friend after Prince William was born.

Quoted in the biography Charles, the man who will be king by Howard Hodgson, the prince wrote, “I can’t tell you how excited and proud I am. He really does look amazingly appetizing and has sausage fingers like mine.”

William cracked his own joke during a speech at Charles’ 70th birthday party in 2018, when he said he hoped his father’s ‘sausage fingers’ would stop writing letters so that ‘he can see more of his grandchildren, the Daily Mail reported at the time.

In 2012, Charles described himself while touring Australia as “so quirky I feel like a barbie is missing a few sausages”, although it’s unclear if he was referring at his fingers.

Swollen hands of Prince Charles
Prince Charles pulls a pint of Sambrook Brewery ‘Wandle’ beer at the Prince of Wales pub in Clapham’s old town, south London, on May 27, 2021. The visit drew attention due to the swollen hands of Charles.
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More recently, it was a momentous week for the Prince as he read the Queen’s Speech for the first time after Queen Elizabeth II pulled out of the official opening of Parliament at the last minute.

Charles performing such a fundamental aspect of the Queen’s official role as head of state sparked a debate over whether Elizabeth’s health would allow her to continue as monarch.

The Queen is 96 and has canceled numerous appearances since health alerts in October and November. she also celebrates the 70th anniversary of the start of her reign this year.

She said in a public address on her 21st birthday in Cape Town in 1947 that she would give “all her life” to public service, “whether long or short”.

Newsweek has contacted Clarence House for comment.

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