Prince Charles' 'sausage fingers' spark concern from royal fans as internet searches for his swollen hands soar

Prince Charles' fingers have caught the attention of royal fans

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Prince Charles' fingers have sparked concern among royal fans, with a huge spike in internet searches on his swollen "sausage fingers" being observed in the past year.

  • Prince Charles' fingers have become a concern among royal fans, with internet searches for his swollen hands spiking. 
  • The Prince of Wales is believed to have referred to his "sausage fingers" himself during a trip to Australia back in 2012 and the term became the seventh most Googled in the UK last year. 
  • In other royal news, Prince Charles' complaint to Camilla as he filled in for the Queen was revealed by a lip reading pro. 

Prince Charles' hands have become a growing point of interest for royal fans over the past year, it seems, with 'Prince Charles fingers' and 'Prince Charles sausage fingers' now among the most Googled search terms for the royal. 

The Prince of Wales' so-called 'sausage fingers' have made it to fourth place in the list of Brits' most searched internet queries about the Prince in the past 12 months after various images of the future King's puffy pointers sparked concern among his supporters. 

The term 'Prince Charles fingers' also brings in an average of 33K Google searches every month according to keyword research website Keyword Tool, with royal fans keen to know the reason for their enlarged appearance. 

Most recently Prince Charles' fingers were noticeable when he was mobbed by crowds as he paid a visit to South London and met young staff members at a branch of JD Sports as part of his work for The Prince's Trust.

Prince Charles' fingers

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Prince Charles and Camilla have been attending to plenty of royal duties in public this year, following the long period of virtual engagements during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

But with public appearances often comes interest from royal fans surrounding Prince Charles' fingers, with comments on social media about the future King's hands regularly popping up when new photos of him are released.

Prince Charles' fingers

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Charles and Camilla once visited a pub in Clapham Old Town and the two tasted some of the local beers. This visit took place at the end of May 2021 and Google searches concerning the Prince's fingers spiked.

The Prince often keeps his hands in his pockets or by his side but on this occasion, he was photographed with his hands in plain view sipping from a pint of beer.

The image surprised many fans who took to google and social media to question why the Prince's fingers appeared to be so swollen.

One fan wrote on Twitter, "What’s going on with his hands/fingers?"

Another added that they were simply "fascinated by his sausage fingers".

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Prince Charles' hands and feet were also noticeably swollen when he visited India with Duchess Camilla in 2019 and concern grew among royal fans once when he stepped out for Prince Philip's funeral last month with red, swollen fingers again. 

"I’ve never noticed the hands of Prince Charles until this photo! Is he ok? OMG they are so swollen," one wrote on Twitter after the funeral. 

"Why does Prince Charles have swollen hands and feet?," another social media user penned earlier this year. 

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Another worried poster added, ''Is there something wrong with Prince Charles? His hands seem very swollen lately?" alongside images from his India trip. 

Charles himself is reported to have made reference to his enlarged digits during a trip to Australia in 2012, dubbing them his "sausage fingers" after hours of flying to the scorching country, as reported by Cornwall Live. 

It's been noticed that Charles' fingers and toes appear particularly swollen when he steps out for royal engagements abroad, after long flights and in hot weather. 

The future King, whose permanent residence is Clarence House where he lives with Duchess Camilla, is often required to carry out royal engagements overseas.

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Google searches from those after answers on the reason behind this type of swelling have soared, with 'sausage fingers meaning' also a popular search term. 

According to Healthline, 'sausage fingers' relates to the medical condition Dactylitis. The website states in an article medically reviewed by Brenda B. Spriggs, a board-certified physician in internal medicine and rheumatology, "Dactylitis is severe inflammation of the finger and toe joints. The puffy nature of the inflammation can make your digits look like sausages."

The most common cause of 'sausage fingers' is psoriatic arthritis, a disease that causes the immune system to attack the tissue surrounding the joints.

The NHS website explains that the condition can get "progressively worse" in later life, adding, "If psoriatic arthritis is diagnosed and treated early, its progression can be slowed down and permanent joint damage can be prevented or minimized".

If you're concerned about swelling of your hands or feet, contact your doctor who will be able to talk through potential causes and treatments.