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‘Inconsistencies’ Found in Princess Kate’s Photo of Queen Elizabeth II & Grandchildren

A representative from Getty Images revealed to the media that an image was found to be ‘digitally enhanced’ and presented ‘numerous irregularities.’

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The saga of Princess Kate’s photoshopped image, dubbed “#KateGate”, rumbles on. A representative from Getty Images has now confirmed that inconsistencies were identified in a photograph taken by the 42-year old Duchess of Cambridge. The edited photo features the late Queen Elizabeth II with her grandchildren and was shared on social media in April 2023 on what would have been her 97th birthday. Queen Elizabeth was the longest-serving monarch in British history.

The photograph includes the queen seated on a green settee surrounded by Princess Kate’s children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, along with other members of the royal family. As part of the picture’s caption, Buckingham Palace wrote, “Today, Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth would have celebrated her 97th birthday. This photograph was taken last summer at Balmoral, showing her with some of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

According to a recent statement given to The Telegraph, the Getty representative pointed out, “We have examined the image at issue and issued a note to our editors clarifying that the image was digitally enhanced at the source.” The representative drew attention to “several inconsistencies,” particularly a line on Queen Elizabeth’s skirt and a duplicate of Mia Tindall’s hair in the image.

News of the manipulated photograph began circulating one week after Princess Kate’s Mother’s Day post on Instagram caused a stir. On the day celebrating mothers in the U.K., the princess posted a photo of herself with her children, which the Associated Press subsequently flagged as manipulated by the initial provider.

The AP stated in a notification to various media sources that “Upon further analysis, it seems the image has been altered by the original provider. We will not distribute a replacement photo. Please ensure it is taken down from all platforms where it is visible.” Instagram subsequently flagged Kate’s post as containing an “altered photo/video”.

Following the controversy, fans of the royal family began to speculate that AI-generated images of Kate were being shared online due to her public absence. However, Princess Kate quickly posted an apology through her Instagram Stories last week, confessing to ‘editing’ the photo.

“As a hobbyist photographer, I sometimes experiment with image editing,” Kate stated in her apology. “I would like to apologize for any confusion caused by the family photo we shared yesterday and I hope everyone had a joyous Mother’s Day.”

Further interest in Kate’s whereabouts has been fuelled by her recovery from a “scheduled abdominal” operation earlier this year. While Kensington Palace assured fans that she was recuperating and would not return to public duties until Easter Sunday, March 31, the Agence-France Presse (AFP) reported that the palace was “absolutely not” considered a “reliable source” anymore.