There’s a long-standing theory that Kate Middleton uses major hair changes to distract from pregnancy scrutiny — and her most recent appearance seems to prove that point further. At the Duchess of Cambridge’s second official outing since announcing she’s expecting her third child with husband Prince William, she debuted a shorter style.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Charities Forum Event on board the Belmond Britigh Pullman train at Paddington Station on October 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

For a children’s charity fundraiser in London on October 16, Middleton, in an Orla Kiely pink dress, black clutch, and shoes, wore center-parted locks that grazed the tops of her shoulders.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a reception on World Mental Health Day to celebrate the contribution of those working in the mental health sector across the UK at Buckingham Palace on October 10, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Heathcliff O'Malley - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The lob could just be an optical illusion thanks to her big barrel curls of course, but it seems several inches shorter than it was for World Mental Health Day last week, during which Middleton was *shockingly* body-shamed for not looking “pregnant enough.”

After her appearance, the official royal Instagram account posted a pic of the Duke and Duchess, which elicited some rather harsh comments about her body. “I can’t believe she’s prego, she looks too thin,” wrote one commenter. “Where’s the baby bump? Being as this is her third she should have popped sooner,” wrote another.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge dances with a person in a Paddington Bear as she attends a charities forum event at Paddington train station in London on October 16, 2017. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry joined children from the charities they support on board Belmond British Pullman train at Paddington Station. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jonathan Brady (Photo credit should read JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images)

While the short style could be a sly attempt to distract critics, Middleton, who is once again battling extreme morning sickness, didn’t seem to be terribly affected by the haters. In fact she showed just how bouncy her hair was as she took a twirl on the dance floor with Paddington Bear.

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