Second Kensington Palace image “enhanced”; Kate Middleton’s video leaked

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Kensington Palace is facing new questions over image editing after Getty Images added an editor’s note to a photo of Queen Elizabeth II taken of Kate Middleton.

The photo, shared by Kensington Palace on what would have been the late queen’s 97th birthday in April 2023, was “digitally enhanced” by the royal family, Getty said.

It is the second photo to raise concerns after major news agencies issued a “kill notice” over a photo of Middleton and her children on Mother’s Day last week. Middleton apologized.

Getty told Sky News: “Getty Images can confirm that in accordance with its editorial policy it has placed an editor’s note on a handout image stating that the image has been digitally enhanced at the source.”

Deadline has contacted the picture agency for comment.

The photo of Queen Elizabeth II was reportedly taken by Princess Middleton of Wales at Balmoral in the summer of 2022, just months before the monarch’s death.

Phil Chetwynd, global news director for Agence France-Presse (AFP), told the BBC last week that Kensington Palace was no longer a “reliable source” following the outcry over the Mother’s Day photo.

“To eliminate something based on manipulation [is rare. We do it] Maybe once a year, I’m less hopeful. “The previous kills we’ve done have been from a North Korean news agency or an Iranian news agency,” he said.

Concerns about the photo of Queen Elizabeth II coincide with a video of Middleton emerging after her stomach surgery in January. The Sun and TMZ were among the first to publish video of Middleton and Prince William in a Windsor Farms shop over the weekend.

It follows weeks of speculation on social media about Middleton’s health and whereabouts following her hospital procedure at the beginning of the year.

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