Joe Biden’s White House team takes swipe at Kate Middleton after she apologises for altering photo

By Staff

The White House, under President Joe Biden, seemed to have a dig at the Princess of Wales over a recent photo editing controversy. When asked if the White House would ever digitally alter a photo of the President, Vice President, First Lady or Second Gentleman, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre replied: “Digitally altered? Not that I know of I would say no. Why would we digitally alter photos? Are you talking about what’s going on in the UK?”

Her response was met with laughter from the journalists present. She added: “What does the Monarch[y] have to do with us? No, that is not something that we do here.”

Earlier this week, Kate Middleton said sorry for the “confusion” caused by her edited family photo released by Kensington Palace. The picture of Kate and her children was meant to ease worries about her health but ended up causing more speculation, reports the Express.

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Several news outlets that first published the photo later pulled it due to concerns about digital manipulation. The photo, which was the first official one of 42-year-old Kate since her abdominal surgery nearly two months ago, was shared by Kensington Palace on Mother’s Day.

In a social media post, Kate admitted that “like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing”. The post said: “I wanted to express my apologies for any confusion the family photograph we shared yesterday caused.”

In the past, the palace has issued several of Kate’s family snapshots featuring her and husband Prince William with their children Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5. The latest photo was taken by William, Kensington Palace said. In an accompanying social media message, Kate said: “Thank you for your kind wishes and continued support over the last two months. Wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day.”

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While there was no suggestion the photo was fake, the Associated Press retracted it because closer inspection revealed the source had manipulated the image in a way that did not meet the agency’s photo standards. For instance, it contained an inconsistency in the alignment of Princess Charlotte’s left hand with the sleeve of her sweater.

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