Princess of Wales apologies for editing family photo after pic goes viral

A lack of official statements and photos indicating Middleton’s post-operation recovery fuelled global speculation and wild rumours on social media, with many users expressing concerns about the princess’s health or her relationship with the palace authorities.

Updated - March 11, 2024 05:57 pm IST

Published - March 11, 2024 04:54 pm IST

FILE PHOTO: Reuters, the Associated Press, AFP, and Getty Images have retracted an official photo featuring the Princess of Wales and her three children amidst concerns that the photo was digitally altered.

FILE PHOTO: Reuters, the Associated Press, AFP, and Getty Images have retracted an official photo featuring the Princess of Wales and her three children amidst concerns that the photo was digitally altered. | Photo Credit: AP

The Princess of Wales has apologised for the official photo that went viral after it was alleged to be edited. The photo sparked further rumours about her two-month absence from the public eye. 

“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,” a Twitter post from the official Kensington Palace account stated. 

A crop showing the official photo of the Princess of Wales and her children that may have been digitally altered.

A crop showing the official photo of the Princess of Wales and her children that may have been digitally altered. | Photo Credit: @KensingtonRoyal on X

Reuters, the Associated Press, AFP, and Getty Images have retracted an official photo featuring the Princess of Wales and her three children amidst concerns that the photo was digitally altered.

Released by the official @KensingtonRoyal X (formerly Twitter) handle on Sunday for Mother’s Day, the photo showed a smiling Princess Catherine “Kate” Middleton embracing her daughter, Princess Charlotte, and her youngest son, Prince Louis. Her eldest son, Prince George, hugs her from behind. 

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However, users pointed to what they claimed were digital distortions around Charlotte’s hand and sleeve. Zooming into the princess’s left sleeve and wrist shows a section that looks as though it has been erased.

Soon afterwards, news outlets began to pull the image or said they were contacting the palace for clarification.

“Thank you for your kind wishes and continued support over the last two months. Wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day. C,” stated the photo caption, referencing Middleton’s previously announced abdominal surgery in January and her recovery from the same.

The photo was credited to the Prince of Wales.

A lack of official statements and photos indicating Middleton’s post-operation recovery fuelled global speculation and wild rumours on social media, with many users expressing concerns about the princess’s health or her relationship with the palace authorities.

X also added a Community Note under the official photograph, citing BBC, and said that the photo “is believed to be digitally altered” and that multiple outlets had pulled it.

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