Kate Middleton admits she edited Mother’s Day photo that sparked online debate

By Staff

The Princess of Wales has ‘apologised’ for confusion caused by a photo posted on social media on Sunday, March 10. The photo, which shows Kate in the centre surrounded by her three children, caused uproar after people spotted many parts of it had been edited.

Kate has apologised “for any confusion” the photograph caused, saying she had attempted to edit the photo herself. In a statement on the Kensington Palace social media accounts, personally signed C for Catherine, she said: “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. C.”

Five international picture agencies had previously retracted using the photo after concerns over its veracity were raised. Concerns were raised over a missing part of Princess Charlotte’s sleeve and the misaligned edge of her skirt, with other speculation including the positioning of Kate’s zip.

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The picture was released to reassure the public amid escalating conspiracy theories online over the state of Kate’s health in recent weeks, but the controversy – dubbed “Kategate” and “Sleevegate” – has been labelled an “extraordinary” turn of events.

In the social media post, Kate thanked the public “for your kind wishes and continued support over the last two months”. The photo of the princess is the first released since she was admitted to the London Clinic for what the Palace said was a planned operation on January 16.

Details of the princess’s condition have not been disclosed but Kensington Palace said it was not cancer-related and that Kate wished her personal medical information to remain private. The 42-year-old future queen was last pictured in public during a Christmas Day walk in Sandringham, Norfolk.

Kate is not expected to return to official duties until after Easter, and William, 41, temporarily stepped back from his royal role to juggle caring for her and their children as she recovered. Kensington Palace has said it would not be reissuing the original unedited photograph of Kate and her children.

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