Kate Middleton’s photo of Queen Elizabeth II with grandkids was ‘digitally enhanced’: agency

An image Kate Middleton took of Queen Elizabeth II with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren was “digitally” altered, according to a photo agency that examined the snap following the Princess of Wales’ Mother’s Day snafu.

Middleton, 42, shot the portrait in April 2022, but Buckingham Palace did not share it until April 21, 2023, which would have been the late monarch’s 97th birthday.

The photo showed the Queen sitting on a couch at Balmoral Castle flanked by 10 of her heirs — although noticeably absent were Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s two children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.

A photo agency has declared that this portrait of Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren has been “digitally enhanced.” Kensington Palace/X
Numerous edits can be seen in the image, which Kate Middleton snapped. Kensington Palace/X
A black spot where Prince George’s cousin’s dress should be appears behind the future monarch’s neck. Kensington Palace/X
There also appears to be a line and a blur where the couch was spliced together. Kensington Palace/X
A new editor’s note from Getty Images warned the image “has been digitally enhanced at source.” Kensington Palace/X

But in a new editor’s note, Getty Images warned the image “has been digitally enhanced at source.”

Getty flagged the snap after revisiting photos issued by the royal family after this year’s UK Mother’s Day portrait received a “kill notice.”

The Telegraph first reported numerous oddities in the 2022 image, ranging from the Queen’s mismatched skirt to cut lines on the green couch that show where it may have been spliced together.

The photo agency reexamined old photos given out by the palace after it was confirmed the Princess of Wales heavily edited this Mother’s Day image. Prince of Wales/Kensington Palac / MEGA
Several agencies issued a “kill notice” in the aftermath. James Whatling / MEGA

A patch of black space can also be seen behind Prince George’s shirt where the pattern of his cousin’s dress should be.

Reps for Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace didn’t immediately return Page Six’s requests for comment.


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Although the Princess of Wales apologized for heavily editing her family portrait on Mother’s Day, the boss of Agence France-Presse (AFP) declared that Kensington Palace was “absolutely not” a “trusted source” for information about the royal family.

Instagram also added a warning to Kensington Palace’s post. Getty Images
Conspiracy theorists continue to ponder about Middleton’s whereabouts despite being filmed at a local farm stand this weekend. Zak Hussein / SplashNews.com

The photo scandal came as conspiracy theories swirled about Middleton’s location, as she had not been seen nor heard from since she underwent abdominal surgery in January.

On Monday, she and her husband, Prince William, shut down many skeptics after they were spotted shopping at a local Windsor farm stand; however, naysayers such as Andy Cohen are convinced the woman seen was not, in fact, Middleton.

“That ain’t Kate…” the Bravo bigwig tweeted Monday night.