Princess Kate apologizes for ‘causing confusion’ by ‘editing’ the Mother’s Day pic

You guys, what the hell is happening at Kensington Palace? I’m a broken record at this point, but the clownery is out of control and it’s absolutely bonkers to watch this unfold in real time. Not only that, it’s f–kup after f–kup, shambles on top of shambles. Last night, four major media/photo outlets “killed” the Mother’s Day photo of the Princess of Wales. Meaning, the photo was removed from Getty, Associated Press, AFP and Reuters’ sites and archives, all because Kensington Palace would not provide them a clean copy, and there were strong suspicions that the photo had been heavily manipulated. This morning, the Press Association also pulled the image too. Prince William and his staff spent roughly fourteen hours in a blind, likely drunken panic. Then they came up with a solution – blame the whole thing on Kate. Behold, the Kensington Palace Brain Trust:

The “C” means this message came “from Kate,” which is debatable, given all of the shenanigans we’ve already seen. Their argument was that Prince William TOOK the photo, a photo of Kate wearing jeggings and sitting up after serious abdominal surgery, and now the argument is that Kate decided to edit the photo William took of her? THAT is what they came up with? More from Rebecca English at the Mail:

The family wasn’t together! William wasn’t in the photo! It didn’t look like an amateur photo either. Again, more questions than answers.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Kensington Palace.

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  1. sparrow says:

    Good grief. It’s like the lunatics in an asylum – W&K and perhaps the Middletons are taking over what should be a coordinated press approach.

    • Pinkosaurus says:

      OMG you guys I saw this last night and CANNOT BELIEVE THE INCOMPETENCE of KP. 😧 When do you think BP seizes the reins to save the monarchy, or do you think they just let William drive the whole thing off the cliff while KC3 and Camilla visit flower shows and post videos?

      • Jay says:

        @pinkasaurus, I’ve been wondering that for awhile! At some point, the rank incompetence distracts from Charles in a bad way. Problem is, I don’t think he can rein in KP or put them under his control. He let them do nothing but put out their own competing media strategy for more than a decade, then loaded them up with titles and money. Before the queen died, Charles could assert some control with the purse strings. Now? TOB does what he wants.

      • Smart&Messy says:

        Pinkosaurus, Jay, I’ve been wondering the same. Charles must be in a frenzy by now. He kept giving Peg enough rope to hang himself, but that was dancing on thin ice. Now the ice broke and KC is left powerless. As Jay says, he loaded them up with titles, money, and coddling domestic press. I truly can’t see how he can seize control of this situation now. However, he is obviously somewhat smarter than Peg plus he has the rottweiler and probably the men in gray on his side. I can’t look away from this trainwreck. I even started checking the Fail for updates and to see their reactions (hangs head in shame).

      • Shawna says:

        IMHO the incompetence is a result of being unwilling to tell the truth. The central idea to hold on to is less about the clown show per se but what the clown show is covering up. KP has decided that being seen as incompetent worldwide is an acceptable price to pay.

      • Ginger says:

        4 agencies don’t do a kill notice for “minor editing” Nice try KP. Actual photographers are saying this is WAY bigger than that. This is something that rarely ( if ever) happens.

      • Geegee says:

        It is so heavily edited to hide it is a pic from last year when they went to the baby bank together. It is not proof of life! Where is kate?

      • Bettyrose says:

        The NYT did an in depth analysis of the editing errors? OMG this is so off the rails. Where is Kate??

      • Lady Esther says:

        Remember BP /Charles demanded that they would have the ability to edit BBC footage (!!) of the Queen’s funeral and iirc the coronation, so I wouldn’t think anyone in the RF are clutching their pearls about media integrity and the monarchy. However, it’s clear they’re also not stepping in to shut down this KP fiasco and are happy to let William keep screwing up…

      • Megan says:

        I think no press is bad press in their view. Despite it being Oscar Sunday, Kate, William, and Louis were trending all day yesterday and are trending again this morning.

      • The Hench says:

        Thanks for the link @Pinkosaurus. One of the edits they call out here is the misalignment of the floor tiles – WHY would Kate have needed to edit the damn floor badly for her ‘family photo’??

        KP’s excuse is more nonsense.

      • Princessk says:

        Kate has been forced to take the blame for this one.
        Happy days in the Wales family….not!

      • Princessk says:

        You are so correct. Charles who is supposed to be taking it easy must be shaking his head in disbelief and you are correct he has given William too much rope, including allowing the Sussexes to be hounded, all because he is afraid that William with throw in the towel. Everyone is desperate to keep Bill and Kate happy to keep the monarchy going.

      • BlueNailsBetty says:

        @Smart&Messy It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Charles is enjoying this debacle. How many articles were put out saying Charles should be skipped and the crown should go to William?

        Now the world is getting a glimpse of what King William will be like and they hate it. Charles has to be enjoying that to a certain degree. I imagine he will let William get banged up a bit before getting things back on an even keel.

      • Debbie says:

        Many have been saying that Charles and BP must be thrilled to see KP get its comeuppance and looks foolish after all the “Let’s skip over Charles’ reign and go straight to William” stories but, let’s face it, since Charles is king now the fact that they allow this incompetence to fester does not look good for BP at all either. It shows they have no control over William at the very least, and having worked in government at the state level, I know that the first rule is to never do anything to bring shame, scandal or notoriety on the principals.

        Edited to include the following: @BlueNailsBetty, I wasn’t actually responding to your post as I hadn’t read it yet. But I’ve been seeing some mentions today and a few days ago that BP must be secretly happy about William’s debacle.

        Oh, and to keep up with the farce, “have a happy mother’s day.”

      • Andrea says:

        Kate, you in danger girl

      • StillDouchesOfCambridge says:

        I said last week, camilla’s gonna leave for a week for spa and let willie create drama all on his own for her friends at the press to squeeze the sht out of him. That was bullseye

      • Agreatreckong says:

        Thank you for the link @Pinkosaurus. Have always been suspicious of anything the palaces/BM put out. This is something else. Crediting William for taking the “photo” was a HUGE mistake. Posting that Kate “edited” the photo another. Lee Thompson (is he still there?) does not look like a PR guru with this nonsense. This is so bad. With all the other inconsistencies, Charlotte’s footwear doesn’t match.

        That’s not minor editing. It’s major bullf*ckery.

      • Leesa says:

        The Guardian also ran a story listing evidence that this is a composite image, incompetently cobbled together. Yikes!

    • Sydneygirl says:

      A N A R C H Y.

      Kensington Palace has descended into anarchy.

      How anyone will believe a damn thing coming from them going forward is beyond me.

      Every single day they dig the hole deeper.

      • Proud Mary says:

        I’m sorry Pinkosaurus, I don’t believe it’s incompetency at all; I believe it was a deliberate attempt to fool the public. I have no aptitude in technology, but I had no doubt that they had spliced and diced that photo. Even to the naked eye, something just isn’t right. Now they’re claiming Kate has apologized? From this day forward, you’re an abject fool if you believe a single word that comes from KP. They’ve tried to scare people off by labeling anyone who questions the mystery surrounding Kate “conspiracy theorists” and Sussex supporters. IT WILL NOT FLY. CONCHA CAJELLA WAS RIGHT RIGHT.

      • Pinkosaurus says:

        So here’s a new question. Remember the bags of cash scandal/paid honors for Charles and one of his closest aides and fixers had to take the fall? Then he quietly got rehired somewhere else, which had happened before.

        Why is KP blaming Kate? Doesn’t William have a single loyal aide who will take the blame and be rewarded for loyalty later? Does William value even the lowliest intern working at KP more than Kate right now?

      • Snaggletooth says:

        God pinkosaurous that is SUUUUUUCH a good point. Even an anonymous intern. Like just say someone in our office did it and we apologize, that KAte and William didn’t review the photo etc. Why blame Kate directly????

      • Smart&Messy says:

        “Does William value even the lowest intern working at KP more than Kate right now?”
        Another question, does he value Kate any more than any of the interns coming and going on the KP intern roaster??

      • StillDouchesOfCambridge says:

        The idea is that she is being secluded and wants privacy and there’s only 2 filipino nurses, he cant blame nanny maria or mama middleton for photoshopping the whole thing. lol these 2 are less than capable. Even a freaking pic for mother’s day can’t be released without being fail at a time where nobody know’s where kkkhate is alive or not. And they wanted the media to swoon over this lie of image.

      • Harper says:

        It depends on how hot the interns are.

      • bettyrose says:

        Because no one believes a Gen-Z intern would be this incompetent with Photoshop.

    • escondista says:

      What’s even worse is that they attributed this photo (that they thought was so impressive) to Prince Huevo but now they’re forcing Catherine to apologize for the editing? She is the new scapegoat in the endless pursuit to make the heir look good. A decent husband would NEVER do this to his wife … especially after surgery.

      • Jais says:

        My thing is someone edited, doctored or created this photo. And no, I don’t think it was William. So who did? A KP intern? Lee Thompson? Carole?

      • FeedMeChips says:

        The thing that most stands out to me is that Kate never actually even said that she edited the photo. All she said is that sometimes she edits photos and that she’s sorry for the confusion. KP is happily letting the masses assume that she personally altered this particular photo.

      • Anita says:

        Yes, I fully agree with you @escondista and @FeedMeChips, Wills is letting her take the fall for this blunder. Two birds with one stone, he and his curtiers probably thought.

      • Jaded says:

        I think Catherine had nothing to do with the apology or the photo, it was someone at KP who wrote it trying desperately to cover their a$$.

      • Gabby says:

        Just like Kate let Meghan take the fall and ALL THAT ABUSE for the crying story. If Karma has finally shown up to kick Kate in the ass, I would be honored to donate a pair of steel toed boots.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Right? What a prize this guy is.

      • Agreatreckong says:

        Exactly @escondista. Kate’s ‘recovering’ from something and her “loving” husband is throwing her under the bus. Don’t care for Kate or Will. Him allowing that statement to go out means he doesn’t care for Kate either. KP is a clowns show along with the RR’s trying to clean up this mess.

    • BlueNailsBetty says:

      It’s more like a malignant narcissist is in control of the asylum. William will never admit he did anything wrong. Making “Kate”** take the blame for his actions is abuse.

      **I don’t believe Kate is writing these twitter messages.

      • Jenepooh says:

        @BlueNailsBetty – Agreed. There is absolutely no way Kate is to blame for photoshopping ANYTHING, and no sane person would ever believe that she’s posting on X-Twitter.

      • TybeeLucille says:

        She did not and is not. Whatever this carnie show out of Kensington is trying to cover – it is not covering for KKKATE it is covering for the heir. Now, what is being covered for PeggySue – what are they hiding so bad that they would allow themselves hanging in the media looking so foolish? Whatever it is, tis bad, and bad for the left behind bro

    • Where'sMyTiara says:

      “Not only that, it’s f–kup after f–kup, shambles on top of shambles.”
      No wonder Egghead can’t be bothered to show up to congratulate football teams – he must be embarrassed by the fact that he only knows how to score own goals.

      Apparently this was the “bandaid” for the Range Rover AI photo last week.

      And this morning’s ‘Happy Commonwealth Day here’s your future queen staring at a brick wall in the semidark’ photo is already being tagged as being photoshopped as well. How long before they pull this one?

      Yet posts about Kitty were on the wane already when the Range Rover fake photo was floated to US outlets (UK ‘refused’ to carry, which is by the by bc it got circulation thru TMZ which is owned by Murdoch, same fool that owns many UK tabs.

      So that photo comes out then this one, and now Kate’s the story again. It feels… purposeful, in a sinister way. Like it feels like Kate is being used by the press, and the courtiers, as a human shield for William. Soon as the photos started being the story, his at-work behaviour, and his connection to the Thos. Kingston death (which *no one* in the general public was connecting him to UNTIL someone in the press dropped a firebrand in the social media streets), all stopped being the topic of discussion.

      Again… slightly sinister vibe here.

      Peeps need to stop asking Where is Kate, and start asking Where TF is Willy and why is he incapable of doing his very basic ass job without being constantly inebriated. The optics of a jolly drinking sesh with a rando celebrity while your wife is supposedly too ill to do the school run on her own, then rolling up to an elementary school afterward, is something Queen Mary or even the Queen Mum would probably have slapped him for. Gods only know what Philip would have said/done were he here.

      Courtiers should read up on the US Watergate case, and really absorb why the coverup is as bad as the crime, and how many of Nixon’s lackeys did time over it.

      • Smart&Messy says:

        Great assessment. Many of us on CB are coming to the conslusion that there is a cover up. I wonder if other sites, casual observers pick up on it too.
        We have drawn up many scenarios that can be covered by this weird situation and all of them are quite dark and crazy, which makes it look so strange that the whole family looks totally unbothered and all smiles.

      • BQM says:

        As they say, it’s always the coverup. Watergate was a second rate burglary Nixon could’ve disavowed until they decided to lie about it.

        Clinton lied about Monica Lewinsky (when everyone already accepted he was a cheating dog) on his deposition which allowed for his impeachment and temporary loss of his law license.

        History is littered with things like this.

    • Kreama says:

      Catherine, who has been unable to make any public statement, comes out with an apology over a photo she allegedly edited?! For eff’s sakes…. Making her the sacrificial lamb for this farce only makes Billy-Peg look worse. “I took the photo but my wife screwed it up”…. Wha?!?! I am 99.9% sure he did not take that photo or any other family photo because he’s shown us he literally does not know or care to learn how to do anything.

  2. Belli says:

    I really thought they couldn’t make this any worse. My god.

    • sparrow says:

      It’s becoming ludicrously strange. I don’t even think William took the photo; it’s a cobble together made by people who’ve not seen her in months. And wow are they lacking in talent.

      • Snoozer says:

        Why is the hand around Louis so out of focus? It’s very odd. There are lots of odd factors…

      • Chaine says:

        Comments on social last night were suggesting the whole thing was an AI creation and I’m starting to believe that! Yes I’m putting on my tin foil hat with everyone else now 😂

      • Smart&Messy says:

        And was that paint job on the window done by little Louis?

      • Ginger says:

        It’s AI to me, that’s why it got a kill notice. Everyone photoshops and edits photos but it has to be heavily manipulated ( AI) to get a kill notice by 4 agencies

    • Seraphina says:

      It’s like any time we think they hit rock bottom and it can’t get worse, someone says hold my beer and watch this.
      QE2 knew this would all unravel once she passed. My how quickly the dominos are falling.

      • L84Tea says:

        I even saw some British news show last night actually speculating what this means, and they even said, “I think it means divorce”. I was shocked beyond belief that those words were even said out loud!

      • Where'sMyTiara says:

        @L84Tea – They’re talking divorce because that’s the least odious option in front of them at this point to deflect from the seemingly increasingly valid rumors.

      • Kreama says:

        @Seraphina “Hold my beer”… hilarious!!

    • Melly says:

      It really impressive the way they always seem to find a way to make it worse. Not many people could be this consistently dim

      • Sam says:

        I’m screaming!!! 😂😂😂😂 This is just hilarious! They really must be the most stupid people on earth!!! You can’t be that stupid!

        And here I thought that the picture was somewhat real and was just taken last year… No, it’s much worse!! It’s completely fake and AI generated!!

      • sparrow says:

        Sam. To begin with, I actually thought the date was accurate …going by my crappy garden at the moment! It’s Louis’ finger, such a tiny detail, that also now shoves me towards an earlier date. After all the gossip generated by his missing finger in the Christmas card photo, would they have snapped such an odd Louis hand all over again, apparently months after that fiasco when lessons would’ve been learned. It’s falling to pieces in the those palaces.

      • Smart&Messy says:

        Right?? Peg keeps telegraphing that he is not able to show a reliable image of Kate. Of course people will speculate if it’s because she is so ill, he did something to her or she left his ass and set up shop with Carole. Or all of the above.

      • StillDouchesOfCambridge says:

        @sam yesterday I was like, hmmm this is s strange pic? The hands..? Louis lost a tooth? The trees are weird for this time of year? Twitter seems to think kates face is a whole new one put on the pic…

      • Feeshalori says:

        Ok, I’m dumb, but why is it so strange that Louis lost a tooth? I’m not well skilled in Photoshop tells at all.

      • Betty wilson says:

        Just stop all this crap,leave the family alone.stop being so picky 😒 😤

    • Of course they made it worse because they don’t have a clue as to what to do. I sure didn’t believe that Peg took that picture. I didn’t believe it was new and I sure don’t believe Can’t tinkered with the photoshopping of it. What I do believe is that Can’t is not doing good and they can’t produce her.

    • SpankFD says:

      Could the PoW be a pretentious, inbred grifter with too much confidence in his own abilities and too little respect for other people’s? Isn’t that a mental health condition?

      • Mary Eleanor Kidd says:

        Yes, it’s called “narcissism”. You know, that thing they’re always blaming on the Duchess of Sussex?

    • BlueNailsBetty says:

      @Belli Making things worse is really the only thing William does well.

  3. acha says:

    I mean. We all know that they had to lie that William “took” the photo because he’s not going to be in any of them with his family.

    I’m not sure what’s going on but it’s clear that Kate isn’t where they say she is, and William is nowhere near her.

    • sparrow says:

      It does seem like a land grab at the moment and there are definitely no adults in the room any longer. Perhaps the Middletons and William are working together in a vacuum, or maybe it’s just her and her family and they’ve ousted him. To admit they edit their photos is the first step big step into the emperor’s new clothes territory.

      • seaflower says:

        I suspect its the Mids and K on one side trying to sure up the happy family facade, and W on the other washing his hands of K.

    • Pinkosaurus says:

      I’m pretty sure William is in the photo because they put her over him without cleanly erasing his sleeve and where he was in contact with the kids 😂. So so dumb.

      • Seraphina says:

        Thank you for posting yesterday – the link to Nieman article.

      • sid says:

        Pinkosaurus this is all such a circus I don’t even know what to say.

      • Smart&Messy says:

        Yes, I have the same impression. The kids posed with someone and Peg’s incompetent team shopped Kate over that person’s image.

      • Shawna says:

        That could explain why it doesn’t seem like Kate’s arms could reach across that far to both children, and that Kate’s hands are at the wrong angle.

      • Kit says:

        I think you’re right. But it’s not Peg. It’s Nanny Maria. That’s why the kids are so happy.

      • Shawna says:

        @Kit, oh man. I’m speculating that it’s Nanny Maria in the car-with-William-brick-wall shot as well. I’ve always held onto the one last good thing about Peg—that his kids like being with him. If THIS is also Nanny Maria being a stunt double for Kate, rather than Pegs, oof.

      • Where'sMyTiara says:

        @shawna – Looks more like Rose Hanbury.

      • Shawna says:

        @Where’sMy – oh that would explain the random stories about her!

    • Snaggletooth says:

      This is absolute chaos. So William took the photo but Kate is to blame for editing it? And distributing it to news agencies?? REALLY NOW???

      • sparrow says:

        I know, it’s so unfair. I don’t even think he took the photo any longer; it’s just been cut and pasted by some absolute amateur. I accepted it as mostly real – apart from huge layers of photoshop to her face to make her look better. I thought the clothing was an offence to those who have had to wear comfortable fabrics to get over similar surgery. But I sensed a hunched up-ness in her, as if she were protective of her abdomen. Tick. The garden also looks absolutely done in, like mine at the moment. But people are now saying William was actually in the photo and cut out, standing behind her? No wonder she’s hunched up and looking protective!

      • Befuddled says:

        I cannot believe they’ve rolled her out to apologize. William can do no wrong, blames his wife for a photo he took??

      • Debbie says:

        I don’t think that any roll out of Kate is necessary. They can just write a statement in her “voice” as in, “Don’t blame me too much. I’m just a mother who photoshops — oops, who edits.” Then, they sign Kate’s name to it, just like they did to Harry.

      • Gabby says:

        William and the British press can blame Kate for someone else’s infraction for about 3 years or so without correcting. Camilla Tominey can lean in all she wants. My sympathy is at a negative 11.

        And maybe, just maybe, if Kate wants the story corrected, she can grovel to see if Oprah will return her call. But not without letting the false blame sit out there for at least 3 years.

      • TybeeLucille says:

        I have no sympathy aside from not wanting the monarchy to harm another human. Get rid of them.

        Everyone opining that’s Nanny Maria in the pap shot – have y’all seen Nanny? That is NOT Nanny Maria. Nor do I think it’s KKKATE.

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      I really do want proof of life now. As Joe Biden would say, “No joke!” I’m seriously starting to question if she’s okay. The media needs to start demanding answers. Better late than never.

  4. Neners says:

    This is absolutely insane. 1) William is the one literally credited with taking the photograph — they went out of their way to credit him — but Kate is the one taking the fall. If anyone doubted the insane lies that the RF has told to protect that idiot, those doubts can be put to rest. 2) KP is so stupid they think they can spin this as the photo getting killed for a bit of light, amateur photoshop. Kill orders don’t get issued for that! There are journalists on Twitter with decades in the industry saying that they have literally never seen a kill order of this scale issued. Absolute insanity.

    • Becks1 says:

      Exactly! this isn’t about some amateur photoshop, touching up the light here or there or smoothing a wrinkle. There was something about this photo that was a big issue for the agencies (maybe they were paying more attention after the car picture from last week, IDK.)

      • AlpineWitch says:

        Yep, agree with you two.

        If major agencies have pulled the photo from view because manipulated, that’s beyond Charlotte’s hand lightly blurred.

        This is such a misstep of enormous scale.
        The Guardian doesn’t even care to publish anything about Willy-nilly and Kate usually, this news is TOP OF THE PAGE today.

        This will be difficult to backtrack from, it’s an own goal of huge magnitude.

      • Shawna says:

        Another reason why someone would give the car picture to TMZ: no one thinks of them as credible, so there’s no reason anyone would bother to expose them.

    • Jay says:

      Not to mention, since W is not known for his photography skills, the, ahem, “bad photoshop” on display would be much more believable coming from him. Instead, they threw Kate under the bus!

      It’s not the first time the palace has issued questionable photos, but they’ve always gotten a pass. I wonder if that era just ended?

      • Brassy Rebel says:

        It would really help if the photoshoppers would stop lopping off Louis’ fingers. That’s the same stupid mistake they made with the Christmas card!

      • paintybox says:

        Louis’s hand was the first thing that drew my attention after a sense that the photo seemed “off”. People also found an obvious mismatched line and blurring between Kate’s head and body. What stands out is that they’re always being secretive and sneaky and extremely competitive with H & M, while pretending to be nonchalant and above it all. I’m sorry something happened to Kate but on the other hand (PUN, lol) it’s about time people started calling out the Wailses and KP for their constant BS.

    • Sunday says:

      It’s WILD they’re so arrogant they think Kate saying “Oops, overdid the clone stamp effect in photoshop, my bad!” would be a solid enough excuse for an international K*ll order. To me it seems utterly impossible that any comms professional (or amateur!!) would rely on such an obvious, flimsy excuse at this point.

      Honestly, the response is so flippant and stupid that I have to wonder if whoever gave it as a quote wanted it to be questioned? Like they can’t come out and point the finger at Will but his behavior is so aggregious that they have to do something, and with all the protection surrounding the heir the best they can do is give an absolutely ridiculous statement that people will have no choice but to question/look into? bc i really can’t see how anyone would deem that an actual viable excuse for an increasingly conspiracy-minded international audience.

      • Smart&Messy says:

        Interesting approach, Sunday. I can’t say it’s impossible, because nothing is at this point. The Fail is all over this photo debacle, even daring to say that KP is unreliable, but they don’t even mention Peg by name.

    • SunnyDays says:

      All of this!

      Neither of these things can be excused or explained away.

  5. Ariel says:

    Anyone who wondered how will could make it worse now have their answer.

    Anybody else thinking about the “joint” statement issued by will without Harry’s consent that will definitely did not bully harry and Meg out of the family? The one harry didn’t agree to?

    Is anyone at kp even talking to Kate ?!?!?

    Will there be a Middleton sourced rebuttal?

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      Great point about the so-called “joint statement”, Ariel. They’ve gotten away with this for so long, but this time, they’ve jumped the shark.

    • JB says:

      Exactly, Ariel – that was the first thing that came to mind. I made the mistake of reading the comments on the People Magazine instagram page, and it was all “Why shouldn’t you touch it up if you want to!” and “Women apologize for everything.” and “Everyone tweaks photos before posting.”

      I was like: Leave aside for a moment the content of the statement. You have no proof she even SAID this! And given Willy’s history of attaching other people’s names to statements, I highly doubt she did.

      • Debbie says:

        Some people die hard, it takes a long time for them to realize the truth. They are still out there trying to pretend that the international kill notices are about bad photoshopping, just like whoever issued the KP post from “C” is still pretending that the picture (or compilation of pictures) was about wishing everyone a happy Mother’s Day.

    • Andy Dufresne says:

      @Ariel, 2024 is the year of TRUTH!

  6. Whyforthelove says:

    Future King of England faces a crisis…hummm I know! I’lll blame my wife! Fantastic PR team as always KP. Jeez US Wept. These folks are an INSULT TO CLOWN SHOWS. William, this isn’t helping the rumors that you spend all day drunk.

    • Neners says:

      They’re going to be covering this debacle for the next decade in Communications classes at colleges all across the world, they’ve bungled the job so badly. It’s extraordinary.

    • BlueNailsBetty says:

      We would like to be excluded from this conversation.

      -The International Union of Clowns and Clown Shows…probably.

  7. CatMum says:

    there is so much wrong with that picture! it’s absurd to see all this unspooling in realtime. whatever will they do next?!

    over/under on William making it to church?

    that said, I don’t like Kate at all, but I do hope she’s ok.

    • Whyforthelove says:

      Right?!? I don’t love Kate but she has 3 children and I worry for all of them at this point

      • sparrow says:

        Imagine feeling so ill you can’t even have a photo taken, and then your husband makes you apologise for a crap fake. I feel sorry for her.

  8. Liz in A says:

    Someday we’ll be watching documentaries on all these series of missteps leading to huge consequences. Wild times for sure they’re just unraveling

  9. M&gan says:

    What on Earth is going on at KP.

    • Agnes says:

      Is Kate being held captive and the only way she can communicate is by sending out weird photoshops? A sort of SOS in digital Morse code? Well, they certainly didn’t help calm down the conspiracy theories. And how typical of William to foist the blame onto someone else.

    • AlpineWitch says:

      They’re all drunk and accessing media and editing software while on the booze 🙈

  10. JeezLouise says:

    Curiouser and curiouser.

    I wonder if the reason that her purported posts are being signed of as “C” rather than her actual name, are something to do with potential legality issues if it comes to light that she didn’t authorise them?

    • Pinkosaurus says:

      Not an expert but I believe KP always signed posts supposedly directly from Kate with a “C”. They are trying to show it is directly from her mouth. Such BS. I wonder if she was even told she was being blamed?

      • Agnes says:

        It’s hard to tell anyone anything when they’re gorked out in a coma. WTAF.

      • Feeshalori says:

        If she really is in a coma or otherwise still incapacitated, having that C signed on her behalf will bite them in the ass if the truth comes out. That’s how desperate they are.

      • The Hench says:

        ‘C’ for coma?

        I jest of course but we are definitely off the reservation at this point…

      • Renae says:

        “C”…….. as in Clueless?

  11. Nubia says:

    I dont know much about photography, is that a common thing, someone takes the picture and another does the editing or photoshop!?

    • sparrow says:

      Nubia. I don’t know too much, either. I was always under the impression that her favoured photographer, Jackson, takes the pictures and also does the huge amount of editing she gets. This has gone rogue. There are people on here much better than I am on editing. Elvira on other posts etc.

    • seaflower says:

      People tend to edit their own photos to get the effect they want, or give it to professional photoshop artists.

    • GoodWitchGlenda says:

      I saw someone on TikTok who had a great observation- it looks like they photoshopped a picture that may have been taken in November 2023 when they visited a baby bank.

      They’re wearing the same outfits, basically, just different colors, and they photoshopped a sweater on Charlotte.

      • Harper says:

        I saw that TikTok too. Kate is wearing the same jeans and boots and sweater from the baby bank video and Charlotte the same red top with the scalloped neckline. They had a camera crew with them that day so it’s likely they posed together before heading out. Louis has a different sweater on but I assume Louis can’t stand still and always is photoshopped in. The colors on Kate and George’s sweaters/shirts were changed and Kate most likely swapped her head in. What a mess.

      • DARK says:

        I don’t think that this is photoshop I think it’s AI possibly based on an old picture. The detail that convinced me of that is Charlotte’s shoes. There is absolutely no way that you would add (or remove) a heel on one boot but not the other if you are “just” photoshopping. One shoe is flat and the one that she has in the air has a fairly high heel if you zoom in on it.

      • Belinda says:

        Could it be that the bottom of the jumper that Louis is wearing has s9mehow magically moved between Charlottes wrist and bottom of her jumper? Or is it William being completely edited out? It certainly isn’t a part of Charlotte’s outfit (looks greyish green)?

      • Feeshalori says:

        @DARK, l thought it was a tassel on the boot, not a heel on her crossed leg. You can see the decorative piece where it’s dangling from.

      • Harper says:

        Charlotte is wearing the same tights and boots that she wore in the video from the baby bank. I lightened the photo in Photoshop and the boots are much easier to see–they are both the same. So much detail in that original photo was obscured because it was so dark.

      • Mrs. Smith says:

        The baby bank day makes sense b/c she and all 3 kids were camera ready.

    • TigerMcQueen says:

      The majority of photographers I’ve worked with photoshop/edit their own images. Occasionally a graphic designer will edit an image while a design is being worked on for, say, a piece of printed collateral that will be mailed. But the professional photogs I’ve worked with who do portraits all edit their images.

      This isn’t just cleaning up an image or smoothing out a few wrinkles though. It’s well beyond that for those news agencies to have pulled it, it’s been manipulated to such a degree that they question the authenticity of it.

      • sparrow says:

        Hi Are you Tiger from yest who pointed out I’d got the season wrong? My apologies to you. I thought it was a definitely “now” because my garden is totally washed out and looking like that. I’m now certain it’s way back before, because more details re photoshop are leading me that way. Best wishes, Sparrow.

  12. Alice says:

    Amateur hour doesn’t even begin to cover this. Their Stanz will lap this up like a kitten with a saucer of milk but throwing Kate under the bus is awful-and I’m someone who typically can’t stand her.

    How. How. How. Did anyone with any media training think of any this was a good idea?

    • Snaggletooth says:

      Last week everyone (including me) was like “why don’t they just release normal statements, that would solve everything.” Now everyone is like “why can’t they just stop talking they’re making everything worse by the minute.” If they had been boring and normal about this from the beginning, we wouldn’t be here. Instead it’s just a Charlie-foxtrot of reactivity and ineptitude.

      • Shawna says:

        After the snippy “we’ll give an update when we told you we’d give you an update” statement, they should have just shut up for a long time.

    • Pinkosaurus says:

      Can you imagine what it is actually like at KP right now? Shrieking, crying, hiding in closets, running around with the Benny Hill theme playing? Remember, this is the crew that couldn’t survive a 6 AM email from the Duchess of Sussex without a breakdown.


    • Agnes says:

      I find it really hard to believe that Baldy’s new handler Ian Patrick the so-called professional diplomat is sanctioning any of this clownery. If he is, being a private secretary to a clown must be well-deserved punishment for past messes.

      • Alice says:

        Even the best professional is only as good as their client. No one has ever been able to make Willy do ANYTHING.

        And now they are reaping what they sowed.

  13. Simone says:

    Everyone is wearing the same outfits they wore for that Xmas video of Kate and the Kids except for Louis. His jumper is different. The color of Kate’s jumper has been changed from cream. Charlotte’s hair is down instead of up but Kate’s hair is the same. So this is a photo put together from images of them from that shoot day. Not a photo taken last week by William…

    • GoodWitchGlenda says:

      I saw this theory in TikTok! It’s from the day they visited the baby bank

  14. Amy Bee says:

    The Palace has just thrown Kate under the bus. I never thought I’d see this day. What a mess but it’s what they deserve.

    • Seraphina says:

      Yes they have and it better make Kate and Ma Middleton pay attention. Some one must have authorization to post on their behalf, which means someone gave permission to throw princess middleton under the bus. You better run kate, you are no longer protected.

    • Carmen says:

      Why are they saying Kate apologized for the photo? Does Kate even know what’s going on? I don’t believe she signed any apology. I don’t think she has a clue as to what is actually going down in that place.

    • Nic919 says:

      Always protect the heir has been taken to a ridiculous extreme. No one seriously thinks Kate spent hours photoshopping this photo.

    • SamuelWhiskers says:

      Not only are they gleefully fully-bodied heaving Kate under a bus (which is a deliberate choice, as they could have either blamed an intern, or simply released a statement saying that minor cosmetic photoshopping is normal and not blamed anyone), they’re also chucking Carole under a bus.

      Because it’s clear Kate in this photo and Kate in the car photo look nothing alike. You don’t go from looking like the car photo (massively swollen face) to looking like this in a manner of days, regardless how much glam squad you have access to.

      They are trying to insinuate that the car photo was fake/a lookalike, and that Carole knowingly participated in a hoax.

      • Underhill says:

        SamuelWhiskers: I agree. Ma Middleton must find a way to answer back. I thought so before this pic was retracted. The retraction is hilarious. Blaming it on Kate is not hilarious. Ma won’t let that stand. Tthe ball is in her court on this one. I await her return volley.

      • Shawna says:

        I also think this is pure William trying to snatch control from Carole. It makes me think Agnes’s Switzerland rehab theory is correct.

  15. Oh puhlease says:

    I work with photoshop daily. AP et al did not pull a pic over amateur adjustments. And you can bet your ass they did a deep validation with sources too before doing that. I call BS. Editing software – in addition to the built-in features in iPhones – has so much AI enablement now, you can erase a background and adjust everything with two clicks. Also: compare the length of Charlotte’s legs to the pre holidays black and white pic. That kid reverse-grew?

    The Met needs to do a welfare check. Now.

    (Also, BP is letting the lazy arse burn and I am HERE for it.)

    • AlpineWitch says:

      Yep, you can do some pretty heavy modifications with AI in Photoshop now.

      The whole ‘apology’ is ridiculous as those major agencies wouldn’t have pulled a photo over a blurred hand (Charlotte’s).

    • MaryContrary says:

      That’s what I’m wondering about-would they really pull these pics just because she made Charlotte’s sleeve look wonky?

      • ariel says:

        No- Kate photoshops a LOT. Sometimes the kids fingers are missing and stuff like that.
        And frankly, if the AP pulled a photo every time someone photoshopped excessively, the kardashians would be out of business.

        There is a call to release the “original” photo and KP won’t, they can’t, because either there is no original photo and its pieces of different photos blended together, or stuff is changed from the original like colors of clothing (see the tiktok theory) like changing kate’s white baby bank sweater to a dark color- and that would show the photo is from December and the palace would be caught in yet another lie on top of a lie on top of a lie.

        What a ridiculous, avoidable mess.

    • Nic919 says:

      Someone also theorized that her face is from the vogue cover of years ago. It sort of fits.

      • Lee says:

        I saw this on too, with a side by side overlay and it’s 100% that Vogue cover, no doubt about it.

      • Feeshalori says:

        Using her face from a photo taken eight years ago? That’s really dipping into the fountain of youth, no wonder she looked so good in that doctored photo.

  16. Betina says:

    I said this on the other thread but Kate is Williams spare now. Can you imagine the stories that would be unspooling to cover the heir if Meg and Harry were still there?

  17. StillDouchesOfCambridge says:

    Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse. Just kill the abces already. Also What editing is he talking about?

  18. OzJennifer says:

    I’m just wondering what they’ll come up with to make this all – somehow – be Meghan’s fault.

    • Amy Bee says:

      If they could they would have but they can’t so Kate is now the scapegoat.

      • Shawna says:

        It honestly seems that the British press have decided that that well has dried up more or less permanently. I worried M&H would never stop being scapegoated, but this is a glimmer of hope.

    • ChattyCath says:

      Meghan has already been blamed for SOMEHOW making the photo available ‘We see you Montecito grifters’

    • MaryContrary says:

      She’s always getting dragged in-like “as if Meghan doesn’t doctor her photographs!”

    • CC says:

      Meghan invented SkyNet.

  19. sparrow says:

    What’s making me smile is how the Oscar coverage on here, which is usually wall to wall, is being chased by Kate’s article. Each time Kaiser posts an Oscar look, Kate’s photo is hot on the heels and almost level. This really has gone s*** shaped for them!

    • Lady D says:

      Same, @sparrow, I thought today would be all Oscar/gown coverage and gossip. The first article I read here on the picture kill, gained over 51 comments while I was reading them. The same is happening in this article, I need to refresh every 5 minutes on this one too. Sorry Oscar.

  20. Cassie says:

    William keeps digging a bigger hole for himself .

    Every lie is corrected with another lie .

    Where actually is Kate ?

    • sparrow says:

      Yes, at the heart of this is where is Kate. I believe the pap shot might not have been the Middleton set up job I thought it was. I now think they did snap her without permission and that puffed up appearance is the reality – she is a very ill woman. The reality scared her and this flattering cobbled thing was sent out asap.

      • Startup says:

        Ugh I almost feel bad for Kate. She’s clearly not doing well and you know Will doesn’t give a rats ass about her. She doesn’t appear to have friends or anyone else who actually cares about her other than her immediate family.

        And then, when it’s clear KP made a massive f—k up, Will throws her under the bus. He then backs the bus back up to run her over her again.

        What a life.

      • Just Jade says:

        “They will lie to protect other member of the family but they will not tell the truth to protect me and my husband.” Meghan Duchess of Sussex

        Is it bad that I am enjoying the madness very much?

      • K-Peace says:

        Sparrow— That photo of “Kate” (which i’m still not convinced was really even Kate—it looked nothing like her to me but did look like Pippa) was not an actual surprise pap photo. It was totally staged. The fact that the car wasn’t even moving, alone showed that. Everything about that photo was so weird too.

      • MaryContrary says:

        @Just Jade-I too think, you reap what you sow.

      • sparrow says:

        K-Peace. I was totally holding onto the theory that Kate and her mum had set up a pap shot! I’m getting so confused. Was it faked without their permission, or faked on their behalf? If it’s fake without any collusion, could the BRF do its usual thing of legal action threats?

      • Lady D says:

        I’ll be bad with you, Just Jade. This is great gossip for a change, not a now what have they done to H&M story.

    • ML says:

      Snd what on earth is really going on with William?!

      • CatMum says:

        if you ask me, “where’s Kate?” is the cover story for “what on earth is really going on with William?!” because he is not looking well. we’ll see if he makes it to the commonwealth service.

      • sparrow says:

        CatMum. I totally agree. He is looking ill. Maybe he’s got Kate taking the blame because there is something going on that is affecting him from her side and he’s had enough of the Middleton game playing. We all assume she’s affected by him but it could be the Middletons have turned on him in quite a nasty way and he’s suffering. It’s just madness. Arghh!

    • Libra says:

      Reply to Just Jade; Kate can apologize in less than 24 hrs for a photo, but unable to comment on the ” made Meghan cry” mess. So they can defend themselves after all! ! Just not Meghan.

      • Jais says:

        Right? So they can apologize.

      • Debbie says:

        Right, they can defend, apologize and they can explain, unlike what it says in their so-called moto of “Don’t explain, don’t complain.”

      • dido says:

        YES THIS. Kate made Meghan cry during Meghan’s wedding. Kate was racist to Meghan’s unborn baby… but what she apologizes for is a poorly photoshopped photo? Make it make sense. Have they ever made Kate apologize for anything?

    • BlueNailsBetty says:

      And where are the children?

  21. K.T says:

    It’s such a minor drama but it reveals the dysfunction. Their whole life is a badly done image. A royal photographer said that William is the control freak and hates photographers, so he actually would have approved the edit. Nope, they aren’t together for that picture!

    Also, can we not use the British mail propaganda tool that labels important pushback as conspiracy theory. They mean to underplay and lie to the public that doubt equals conspiracy. This is actually criticality with information that something is very wrong!

  22. Mads says:

    Nope, this is William and KP throwing Kate under the bus and issuing a statement on “X” to try and dampen things down and protect him. Kate has dabbled with photography for several years and is probably fairly proficient in how to use photoshop to improve clarity, brightness and edit out shadows etc., whereas this is a complete mess of cutting out, inserting and overlaying in order to cobble together something “wholesome”. It’s been so manipulated that 4 of the most prominent picture agencies killed it after full scrutiny. There’s something very wrong with that picture and it’s not amateurish editing.

    • Rnot says:

      No, a woman with a years long keen interest in photography would not have thought that photo looked ok to release. Kate wouldn’t have approved this public representation of herself, unless she’s somehow impaired. Maybe they just showed her a thumbnail and she didn’t have the energy to look closely. Or else William did the whole thing without her knowledge. I do NOT believe she wrote that apology.

  23. Jais says:

    Yeah, no, news agencies wouldn’t pull a photo over minor adjustments and editing. What a joke. And just like that, Kate is thrown to the wolves.

    • ML says:

      What I find incredibly disturbing and cruel is that WILLIAM took and distributed this picture. It’s his responsibility according to the original post that we saw it in the first place. What kind of creep does this to their wife when she’s recovering from major surgery? (Rhetorical question.)

      • Jais says:

        Well, the statement says he took it but who’s to say. Either way, KP lies. The photo is altered enough to be misleading to the public.

      • Jay says:

        William is credited with the photo – wouldn’t the easiest thing ever be for HIM to take the blame and say “mea culpa, I messed up, I was trying to make the photo the best I could but I’m not as skilled as my lovely wife.” PR wise, that would have been easy and I think people would be much more understanding.

        Instead, according to their own story, William “took” the photo and then…Kate did all of the post-production, photoshop, and posting?

      • Becks1 says:

        It’s very weird and disturbing. William took the picture and KP made such a point of announcing that, but then Kate spent time photoshopping it to such an extent that the agencies pulled it?

        Sure, that makes sense. /sarcasm

      • Jais says:

        So here’s the thing. I can believe William physically took the picture and someone else photoshopped it. Sure let’s say it’s Kate. That’s actually believable to me that someone else does the editing. But first, I’d have to believe he was there taking the picture. I’d have to believe this pic happened a week ago. And at this point, I don’t believe anything about anything.

      • BlueNailsBetty says:

        Yes but in actuality, the photo was released by “Kate”. Allegedly (lol), William took the photo but the photo was released on Twitter by “C” which means they are saying Kate wrote that tweet and added the photo.

        I don’t believe Kate did any of that because I don’t think she is capable of doing any of that right now.

        So really, the bottom line is William took credit for the photo as it appeared on the tweet so William, and only William, should get the blow back.

        But of course, no one allows William to be punished for anything he does so instead, Kate is being thrown under the bus.

      • Mrs. Smith says:

        If W was indeed there, then why weren’t there other shots from this session with him included that could be used to accompany this one?

  24. ML says:

    Again, I think that Kate should be given privacy to recover from major surgery. Yet, due to the way KP has handled the messaging, she hasn’t been able to get that privacy. In the meantime William is not out there doing his job. Every single time someone notices that, Kate reenters the conversation.
    Which brings us to the latest WHAT IS GOING ON WITH WILLIAM episode: this picture. William supposedly took this Mother’s Day photo, put it on there SM and allowed it to be distributed to the media. It didn’t pass the legal smell test, is being recalled, and now William is letting his wife take the blame for the photo HE supposedly took and posted of her? KP refused to provide the press with the original picture—again, as Kate recovers, presumably William is n charge of KP messaging?!

    • sparrow says:

      Exactly, ML. He has really failed her here. She is definitely very ill imo. All William had to do was relay her thanks, or show some of the cards she’s received. Appear on camera, talking about her. But instead he does this. From a couple of weeks in I was thinking, her husband is letting her down day by day.

    • Trex says:

      @ML – This a thousand times over.

  25. Mslove says:

    Sure, let’s blame Kate, who may or may not be recovering from abdominal surgery. I hope the kids are ok, games are being played by KP.

  26. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    That’s what I was wondering. AP must know all of Kate’s photos are ‘shopped to make her look younger/better and that’s never been a problem before. So for AP to refuse this photo, the palace must have taken the fakery to a whole new level.

    • sparrow says:

      Yes, she is the princess of photoshop. People who’ve seen her in real life are shocked. So to question this production smacks of accusations of massive duplicity. It’s concerning.

    • Polo says:

      The place wouldn’t provide the original picture to the AP either so they had to kill it!

      • ML says:

        I know! At first I thought it was because of vanity. Then the news sites killed the pic saying that they didn’t know the origin and mentioned AI. Now I’m wondering if it’s a mishmash created by AI and KP doesn’t have an oriGinal picture to give.

      • Becks1 says:

        The fact that KP refused to provide original tells us so much – most likely that there wasn’t an “original” to provide because this picture has been so doctored. If Kate had just been fooling around with editing and overdid Charlotte’s sleeve or whatever, KP could have provided that photo with no issues – AP wouldn’t have distributed it, just compared it. And all of this would have been avoided.

        And yet… we are.

      • carrotface says:

        I think the real reason they refused to provide the original (or originals if it’s a composite of a few shots stitched together so all the kids are looking at the camera) isn’t because of AI – it’s because the data encoded into the original image would show it was taken last fall and NOT in Windsor this week. Providing the original to the news agencies would reveal the lie that Will didn’t take it and it isn’t a recent photo.

    • ML says:

      If the news sites sort of looked the other way before, I think because of the back story they could not do that here. First off, when someone explains how the picture was photoshopped, you can’t unsee how much work has been done on it.
      Then, due to last week’s car photo, Kate looks completely different from the possible last time she was seen. Hoe do you explain that?
      And finally, abdominal surgery requiring 3-6 months recovery away from the public eye is serious. It doesn’t work with her clothing, with last week’s picture or the healthy image in this picture. Ergo totally not realistic.

      • sparrow says:

        Indeed. That clothing and the implication – just off for a hike/back from a hike – is offensive I imagine to people who’ve had potentially similar surgery.

    • Nic919 says:

      I think the other photos got a pass because they could probably tell that all subjects were in the original photo but just enhanced. I strongly suspect that AP knows certain parts of this more recent photo were just added. I saw a few tweets saying if you test the photo it is 75% AI.

  27. Nanea says:

    They’re so bad at this, it is pure amateur hour at KP.

    They want to convince us Kate is well, but not skilled, enough to edit photos.

  28. seaflower says:

    If this did all come from K (the story that W took the photo and then K manipulating it) in an attempt to portray happy families, Prince Huevos will be incandescent with rage.

    • Jais says:

      I had assumed that the original Mother’s Day post was written by someone at KP with William’s approval. At the end of the day, he’s the boss right? But alternately, could someone from “Kate’s team,” whoever that is now, have included the part about William taking the photo. William has been pretty MIA. I just can’t think he wouldn’t have seen the statement before it was put out but who knows at this point.

      • Shawna says:

        I can’t see a situation where Kate, not William, would be in charge of KP messaging. William is directly in control or is directing whoever is authoring the statements.

    • Debbie says:

      That would be a lot of machinations for someone who was recovering from abdominal surgery (if that story is true). For that kind of energy, she would have to be studying under the Camilla School of Chicanery. For YEARS. Naw, Kate’s not at the Camilla graduate school level yet.

      • Kelly Kae says:

        Maybe she was served papers, then tried to off herself. Her stomach had to be pumped, “abdominal surgery”

        Maybe, just maybe.

  29. Piper says:

    A man would have taken the blame instead of his recuperating wife. Substitute W for C and it would be a lot better. They are so dumb. He was in the original photo and she was put over him.

    • sparrow says:

      Exactly. Harry would have done (altho, this wouldn’t have ever happened with them in the first place). Re C and W – on a related note, someone made a good point that by using C rather than Catherine she was removing herself one step from full ownership of the image.

      • Becks1 says:

        No, they always sign their personal social media comments as C or W. That doesn’t mean anything. QEII used to sign them ER.

      • sparrow says:

        Thanks, Becks1, for the clarification. I thought whoever it was had made a good point, because C seems far too relaxed for a woman who insists even her old friends, who?!, call her Catherine rather than Kate.

  30. s808 says:

    “Minor adjustments” don’t get a kill notification first of all. Second, WOW throwing K under the bus is one thing but this explanation? Do they seriously expect us to believe Kate was laid up in bed playing with photoshop?! On an image that was sent to major photo agencies around the world? C’mon KP. COME ON. This is beyond amateur hour. Providing the original picture would kill this but I guess they can’t for….reasons.

    • Jay says:

      Especially because this photo is offered as proof that Kate is doing well! You’d think they’d be extra, extra careful. I wonder if they wish they’d gone with a simpler “photos of the cards/ breakfast tray/ flowers” shot instead.

    • Jais says:

      So now I’m actually curious about who edited or mashed together this fake photo? I don’t think William was deigning himself to do any work so he wasn’t out there photoshopping. It really did have to be an aide right? Bc we’re assuming Kate’s photoshop skills would have been better than this. If she really is recovering and I truly hope that she is healthy, she could be on a computer.

      • Elvira says:

        Kate did. She did the car image too. Why is this so hard for people to believe?

      • BlueNailsBetty says:

        @Elvira Many of us don’t believe Kate is mentally well enough to be the mastermind of any of this debacle, much less able to photoshop to that degree.

        KP and the Midds have people who can do the photos and the photoshops but I doubt Kate is up for any of it at this time.

    • Libra says:

      The comment made was she sometimes experiments with editing. She never said she edited this particular photo. Plausible deniability.

  31. Schrodinger's Kate says:

    So many excellent points being made here.

    I’ll just add there’s no way in hell Keen Photographer Kate would EVER willingly associate her reputation as a photographer, such as it is, with that chop shop job. I’ve only ever seen her issue very run of the mill but competent family photos where everyone has their digits and nobody is sprouting ghost sleeves or weird lines.

    We need Mary Pester here to let loose with a torrent of insults on William as only she can do.

    He is so many horrible things I can not bring myself to say for throwing Kate under the bus in this manner. Not that I like Kate and am leaping to protect her reputation. It’s more William’s power tripping I’m objecting to. He’s doing and been doing so many things just because he can. The toddler tyrant has not changed in all these years.

    I mean he can’t humble himself enough to own up to being behind the editing of this photo that he was so eager to attach his name to, otherwise. His ego knows no bounds. And that’s scary in someone who will hold the power to influence laws when he becomes a monarch. Remember people, the monarch actually does have considerable power that flies under the radar. They can review and exempt themselves from proposed legislation. If royalty didn’t have the power that it has, I suspect Andrew would have had more serious consequences for his actions by now.

    And yeah of course we are going to remember how William signed Harry’s name to a statement that Harry didn’t even know about.

    • Lulu says:

      There was a lot of speculation that Louis was photoshopped into the pic of QEII sitting on a green sofa surrounded by grandkids. Kate took that pic. The light source on Louis was different than anyone else and there was some color bleed from blending him in.

  32. Harla A Brazen Hussy says:

    Last night I was wondering if Kate was the one who informed AP et al that she was Not in the photo, possibly because negotiations weren’t going well but now I’m wondering if falling on the sword got her another 10mil?

    • sevenblue says:

      @Harla A Brazen Hussy, I don’t think so. Why wouldn’t photo agencies say that they got feedback from Kate. They said it was because it failed their post publication analysis. After people on social media started figuring out all the photoshops, I think all the agencies looked at the photo and its metadata more closely and if they couldn’t get further info from KP, they concluded that it didn’t meet their standards of journalism.

  33. Kingston says:

    All we need now is for one or more of the int’l photo agencies to give a detailed report of all the elements tht rendered this photo a fraud.

    • sparrow says:

      Yes, please, because yesterday I was defending the season and therefore the timing of the photo. I assumed way too much photoshop re her face, and called that out. But I’d like the full details, as well.

      • Feeshalori says:

        Yes, l want to see a breakdown of what didn’t pass the smell test. A few l can pick out, but not other discrepancies.

    • Elvira says:

      There were many but the meaningful one is her entire face was replaced with another image. I can put your face on someone else’s body in photoshop and that is what she did here. That is the issue. The deception and intent to deceive!

      • Harper says:

        @Elvira would you say that visible crop line that cuts across the sweater which also brings an abrupt end to the coat zipper would be the smoking gun that the image was manipulated past the point of trustworthiness–i.e. Kate’s face was transposed on top of the original? I saw two professionals point to that and to the different light on Kate’s face as compared to the light on the children’s faces as being problems.

      • Nic919 says:

        Someone on Twitter suggested her face was taken from her vogue cover of years before. I

      • kirk says:

        Elvira – thanks for all your insightful comments on this topic. The most important comment being that she/ he/ them/ palace may have stepped on somebody else’s copyright with the face swap and other major edits. Now I think I could do it myself after watching a 30-second YouTube video.

        For years I’ve read about K wanting control over family images, so she releases her own photos. Never once thought about her/ him/ them/ stealing other people’s images. Now it’s top of mind. This wouldn’t have become an international topic rising to the level where AP takes notice, except K has been MIA for so long and has been so squirrely about telling her taxpaying public why.

  34. Olivia says:

    It’s a fact William releases joint statements without permission from the other person. Eg: William released a statement, signed by Harry, saying that William doesn’t bully Harry.

    He has no ethics surrounding falsifying a narrative to suit his needs.

    Also, i believe he’s signing off as ‘C’ so that Kate can’t sue him. If need be, he can simply say, “I didn’t impersonate Kate, ‘C’ means ciao.

    • Jk says:

      We have to give it up one comment from yesterday that kids wear the same dress as dec outing. Because when you see kate and rest wear the same dress and the photo was manipulated with color of the dress etc. For examples last time char wore some jean skirt thats why there is a weird thing with her skirt in new photo , same as louis sweater same weirdness and if you look closely George caller of the shirt is artificially painted blue and kate wear same boots and her thighs area intentionally looks darker and her face is from 2017 Christmas photo where everyone wore blue before louis born. Check yourself she has the same face because in recent year no way her face comes near where near this. Also char boots one has heels and other doesnt. No way any reputable agency will take this much doctored image.

    • Becks1 says:

      Again, they always use the W and C for their “personal” social media messages. the use of C is not about plausible deniability or anything. That’s pretty par for the course for them.

  35. Digital Unicorn says:

    There is some serious sh!t going down at KP between the Wails – while she has previous for photoshopping her photo’s she is usually given a pass on it, even when it’s blatantly obvious whats been done. For this to get pulled means there are concerns that it’s not even a real photo to begin with esp as KP are refusing to release the original.

    They clearly don’t want to release a recent photo of her, begs the question why? They don’t want to show just how ill she is or was and whatever ailed her has had a big impact on her appearance. I’m really starting to buy into the rumours that it was a stroke, maybe post op.

    But then again if she’s well enough for a pap stroll then she’s well enough to do very bad photoshop. Remember the drama last week about her going to Trooping – someone is clearly trying to shove her into the background. He’s clearly done with her and her family – just announce it and be done with it.

  36. sparrow says:

    I’m in and out of the Oscars stuff so don’t know what’s going on in the press too much, other than looking at this photo. Have any of W&K’s press hounds rallied round to protect them? They are becoming more and more isolated. It must be a sobering experience to be left adrift like this.

    • Pinkosaurus says:

      Becky English at the Fail (and head/organizer of the Rota? I don’t really know how it works) seems willing to post the questions (followers are asking , viewers have noticed…). I think she gets pissed when lied to. She is 100% willing to lie for the royals but I think expects to be told the truth, or at least a kernel of the truth.

      This is like when KP straight up lied about William having COVID X 1,000. KP has FA and is going to FO.

      • Jais says:

        Well, BEcky is the one leading the narrative that all Kate did was make minor adjustments. Which is bs of course. A photo doesn’t get pulled for minor adjustments. She’s likely mad but she’s not biting the hand that feeds her. I actually think a lot of the rota are probably embarrassed. This is an international embarrassment not unlike the Caribbean disastour.

      • Nic919 says:

        I think Baghdad Becky needs to keep quiet because she is covering for William while pretending to be a reporter and it is massively disturbing.

      • Shawna says:

        Ah yes, the very best journalists are people who ferret out the truth, only to hoard it for themselves. What a mockery of the profession the Rota Rats are!

      • Debbie says:

        Oh, @Jais, you said it right there. “This was an international embarrassment not unlike the Caribbean DisasTour.” Well, three guesses as to who was involved in both those international public relations disasters?

    • sparrow says:

      Thank you, both. Interesting and bloody weird.

  37. Lia says:

    I used to think KP is just incompetent and arrogant, treating the general public like they are stupid but the amount of people on social media who seem to believe that this is one innocent mistake and that Kate or any royal actually edits and uploads their own pictures is shocking.
    Anyway their hubris and arrogance will make the whole institution fall, sooner than later.

  38. Tessa says:

    No way was William even there let alone taking that picture.

    • sparrow says:

      I’m beginning to think he didn’t take the photo, too. Someone made a very good point yest that by saying he took the picture last week he could actually mean he ‘took’ the picture to be published last week. Slippery semantics.

      • Michelle says:

        Nope.” 📸 Prince of Wales. ”
        That is a photo credit.
        And either he is the world’s best amateur photographer, with a team of stylists and lighting assistants etc, or this is all bunch of lies.

      • MarqueeMoon says:

        Is someone working in this area, I can’t believe that anyone thinks that Prince William took this !
        It’s clearly a Composite of many pics that are not recent
        Not only that, also the way that he’s never applied himself to anything , I’d say his level of Photography is cutting off peoples feet and or the top of the head, just like anyone else who has never put any effort into learning, composition, lighting etc

        He’s a credit taker, clearly jealous of anything that has earned Kate positive praise, he wants to take that praise for himself, but then also blame her for Photoshopping the Image

        People should be asking if she’s not well enough to do any engagements or work how is she spending hours at a desk Photoshopping?
        The other question should be why not take a real current photo of the whole family?
        What is preventing them from doing this?
        I think that Kate has been blamed for the Photoshop fail , more reasons why she can be sidelined

  39. Jay says:

    They had to edit out the colostomy bag

    • Jaded says:

      Actually you can’t see colostomy bags under clothing, they’ve become very sophisticated over the years. I will very soon be wearing a urostomy bag and it will be completely unobtrusive.

      • samipup says:

        I hope this goes well for you. Getting an urostomy is hugely traumatizing. You sound strong and in a good place. I admire your positive attitude. Thinking of you❤️. I hope you will let us know how your are healing after surgery.

  40. sevenblue says:

    This reminds me so much of Trump administration. They would lie and when they got caught, they would lie some more. I don’t think Will understands what he did. He torpedoed the Palace’s credibility last two months to an unfixable level. Now, what they say, what they publish will be questioned by the international press all the time so that they don’t have to send other “kill” notifications.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      A future hereditary Head of State has just poisoned himself and his office as a credible news source. This is actually CATASTROPHIC when looked at in this context. It is now crystal clear to everyone but the deluded and willfully obtuse that William and his office cannot be trusted to tell the truth – and he is to be the HoS of the UK (probably sooner than later given Charles’ condition). The ramifications are enormous!!!

      • Eurydice says:

        Yes – to be specific he has outed himself and his office to the public. I think the media has long known that KP is not to be trusted, but the royal industry demanded that everyone join in the pretense.

        I’m not sure how William can wriggle out of this. Maybe if he shows up to events and Kate comes back after Easter everything will blow over. Maybe he’ll jettison Kate so he can start with a clean slate. But I think it’s a case of “No matter where your go, there you are.” William’s like Pigpen in Peanuts – his mess follows him everywhere.

      • lanne says:

        Hopefully this blunder will prove how compromised British media has been when it comes to the royals. It’s not just that Will-di Amin’s operation at KP is not credible, but also that the media is complicit in covering for him.

        The foreign media forced the BM’s hand–otherwise the BM would have let this go.

      • Jais says:

        Well, when you put it that way @arthistorian😂. Yeah, it’s bad bad.

      • s808 says:

        Yes! I posted in the other thread but this is a huge stain on their credibility. The establishment knowing disseminated misinformation to mislead their subjects. That’s huge and calls a lot into question. It’s more than just a photo imo and their explanation doesn’t hold water.

  41. Hmm says:

    Well, this answers my question about whether a divorce is happening – nope, Kate is still taking the fall for her douche of a husband.

    • Tessa says:

      It could still happen. William imo is behaving erratically there may be limits to keeping the marriage going

    • ML says:

      If I look at the two of them, they don’t seem really close when you see them in public. K gains a title and certain lifestyle privileges by staying married presuming it’s no longer a love match. W doesn’t really need to change much about his lifestyle if he stays married: it’s easy to have separate lives except for some public events. Plus, he has someone to take his blame for as long as they’re publicly together. If she wants better treatment or if he has someone else in mind, that’s when this set up starts to fail.

    • SamuelWhiskers says:

      I don’t think Kate is taking the fall, I would bet real money that William/KP issued that statement without Kate’s involvement or even knowledge.

      • Jas says:

        Yes, she’s been sacrificed to protect William. I’d say that she had nothing to do with the photo at all.

  42. aquarius64 says:

    Kate takes the fall for PhotoGate to get the heat of William. How is this better? William now looks like he’ll exploit his “sick” wife to get out of trouble and Kate is branded a fraud for “editing” signing off on the release of the pic to the whole world.

  43. michel says:

    I need to see a picture of Kate holding today’s newspaper. Holy shit. Where is that woman?

    • jk says:

      Lol we can easily manipulated the newspaper too. With age of ai and deepfake , unless you saw her in public all these are clowns show.

    • ML says:

      No offense, but that image can also be photoshopped.

      What you probably want is a video of KC and QCC papped going to visit her, the video, and then CRex and Camz afterwards being questioned and giving pithy platitudes that rhyme with the video dressed in the same clothes.

  44. Jas says:

    Wow, they’ve totally thrown Kate under the bus here.
    I know she’s not necessarily a very nice woman and she’s made her choices, but she’s now in a bad situation with a man who holds much more power than she does in the family and in the royal institution. I hope she’s done a runner and is holed up somewhere safe with her mum and with access to the children, while she recovers from whatever is going on with her health.

    • TRex says:

      My thoughts exactly. I don’t agree with her involvement with how H&M were treated, but I also have compassion for anyone being mistreated – I have a feeling she’s not well at all, and some of the comments I’ve been been reading (not just here) are quite cruel. I don’t care to add to this vibe – It’s shitty Karma.

      • Jas says:

        Yes, if that picture in the car was her, and I’m inclined to believe it was, she’s clearly really unwell. Mocking her is unkind.
        William’s the one who should be taking the heat. His behaviour has been so squirrelly and he’s hung her out to dry.

  45. Michelle says:

    If even one word of this is true, simple fix — release the original unedited photo.


  46. K says:

    This is like a page out of the Scientology playbook For Unwanted Wives. Hasn’t Tom Cruise been hanging out with the Royals?? What a coup for that cult to bag a prince or princess. Just a thought but….

  47. equality says:

    The picture is still up on their instagram page. Some people commented about it being fake but the derangers are doubling down about “not believing foreign media” and that it is only a little edited. There is no apology put in on instagram from Kate.

    • ML says:


    • Polo says:

      They put the apology on their IG stories so it will disappear soon. Cant ruin their perfect image. They’re not taking this serious. They still don’t care and they won’t care unless the daily mail polls start showing them losing public favor.

    • Jais says:

      Wow. Blaming the pesky foreign media. Saying it’s only a little edited is a misleading lie. But now the PA has killed it, which is actually in the uk right? So how’s that being explained?

    • Eurydice says:

      Lol, that international agencies would be “foreigners.” It reminds me of a bit in the movie Topkapi:

      Turkish border guard – “Are you foreign?”
      Peter Ustinov – “Certainly not. I’m British!”

  48. HeatherC says:

    All that money and they couldn’t afford some decent photo editing software? Come on now. I have purely amateur editing software and after my friend’s divorce I did a MUCH better job editing her ex out of our candid shots over the years!

    So “C” can sit up and take a photo in hiking boots and then do some “minor” edits on the photo W supposedly took? She can get herself on a Zoom call and do some “work.” I feel for the British taxpayers.

  49. Mslove says:

    If I were a taxpayer in merry old England, I would have some serious thoughts about funding this family of frauds.

  50. Shawna says:

    William won’t admit to doing anything wrong. Kate is is new scapegoat.

  51. wokwk says:

    They could easily write it off as an AI photo merging glitch

  52. rawiya says:

    Since the announcement of her surgery, has Kate made any public post? Did she thank people for their well wishes? Did she thank the doctors for the successful surgery? I thought the entire “Where’s Waldo” bit was because she’d disappeared from the face of the earth. And instead of any of those posts, instead of a heartfelt apology to the charities she can’t visit while recuperating, her first message is about photoshopping something? Does KP realize how idiotic they seem?

  53. JD says:

    This is beyond an absolute clown show now!
    Curiously, the Independent here in the UK published this ‘random’ article about 45 mins ago:
    It doesn’t mention the alleged affair. Just a strange puff piece about 🌹.
    I still have some popcorn 🍿 from watching last night’s Oscar’s.
    The chickens are coming home to roost soon, it seems.

    • sparrow says:

      Thank you for the link, JD. What and why the hell do that? Very interesting timing.

    • Seraphina says:

      This comment at the end of the article was very interesting:
      Gosh, who indeed is the Marchioness of Cholmondeley?
      Some of us know. The Independent _clearly_ knows.
      They often say that public figures get seemingly needless coverage in the media when they relate to some other story which can’t be reported because of injunctions or whatever. Just a little hint here, a little wink and a nudge there

    • Liz says:

      I noticed that JD – a lot of stuff popping up about Rose. Is the media trying to tell us something

    • MaryContrary says:

      Wow-that seems so random. “Seems” being the operative word.

    • Harla A Brazen Hussy says:

      Someone is yanking William’s chain, hard!

    • Lady D says:

      A distraction to cover for Willie’s actual girlfriend? The story gets the girlfriend part right, but the name wrong? Just speculating here based on watching the press’s reporting of this royal couple so far.

  54. Cessily says:

    The world now knows what a “Kill Notice” is now thanks to Peggy and his staff at KP getting 4 of them from reputable news outlets.

  55. Jtrain says:

    Talk to anyone that survives a marriage with a narc and they will tell you by the end it had medical effects on them. What if everyone is correct? Divorce/coma/a bag. By the end of the relationship the narc blames the spouse and feels trapped by them. Is it possible William is loosing it because he doesn’t get his divorce now? William is avoiding his family. Pretty normal for a narc that isn’t hearing what they want.

    If I were William I would be terrified. If she doesn’t get better it’s disastrous. But if she does get better, her voice will be more damaging than Diana’s after this.

    Carole! Don’t take the money. Wait for the book! Your first born child did what she was told and they destroyed her. Even if that’s her in the car…she is not well. Burn. It. Down.

    • equality says:

      Is it money for Carole or is it that if she burns it down George will not be king and she can’t be the grandmother to the king?

      • lanne says:

        Her silence makes me wonder what she’s willing to sacrifice for her sense of what she believes she “deserves.” She pushed her daughter at William for a decade. She’s grandmother of a future king. She stiffed small businesses to maintain the facade of her own business. I fear that Kate is an easy sacrifice to make–she has “done her duty,” after all.

        The “Not like other girls” should heed Kate as a warning: That pedestal they seek is temporary, and it’s not worth antagnonizing and alienating the other women who could have been Cool Girl’s allies. Because in the end, Cool Girl is still just another woman, easily replacable and expendable.

      • Jtrain says:

        Good point! I have a feeling after three months they are figuring out they can’t control or trust William. Plus, never underestimate what resentment caretaking creates. Uncle Gary knows what happened but still pushes meghan is the one that disrupted the cart. So there was a plan, but whatever plan was hatched to manage this blew up due to William. The monarchy is going to have to turn on its heir in order to save itself now, it really is the only way. William may still survive it.

        But…George will always be the heir, even if he only has 4 palaces and no authority. There are other models of this in Europe. Carole will always be the grandmother of the king…but more importantly Kate will always be George’s mother.

        Harry didn’t most harm by giving George a book to read in therapy and the public a warning about behind closed palace doors. William and Harry don’t blame their father for a car accident. I don’t think George is going to have that luxury in whatever took place on 12/28, hence the secrecy.

        After yesterday William can’t avoid his villain status. And he has so little redeemable qualities to make up for it.

    • ElizabethR says:

      someone commented on Twitter “It’s not her they are protecting, but him” and it made SO much sense to me.

  56. SamuelWhiskers says:

    My personal theory is that she’s very unwell and her illness (which may have involved some kind of abdominal surgery) has a mental health and/or eating disorder element.

    I believe that she’s fled to her mother’s house (or somewhere abroad with her mother) and that William/KP can’t get in touch with her, and they’re freaking out because they don’t know when or if she’ll be back.

    I think Carole and Kate staged the car shot to show that she’s not dead, and now William/KP is trying to pretend that she’s alive and well and at home, and also imply that Carole staged the car shot with a lookalike.

    • sparrow says:

      You see, I kind of agree with you. I thought the papshot was coordinated with the Middletons. I think the shock of what she looked like then forced KP into this happy and healthy picture. But people down below are saying even the papshot was faked. Yest you pointed out the weather was wrong. I held onto the garden being right, because it’s looking crap like mine, not vibrant, but I’ve moved away from that. Apologies, Samuel.

    • Jaded says:

      @SamuelWhiskers — I agree with your theory. That fakakta photo of Willbur and Kate in the car could have been taking years ago, and I believe it was something they dredged out of somewhere to *prove* Kate’s in Windsor and “doing quite well thanks for asking”. Another day another feeble coverup. She’s either at Bucklebury or Anmer, or even at Balmoral or out of the country. Wherever she is she isn’t playing ball with the BaRF, the so-called apology for bad photoshopping wasn’t from her, it was from KP.

  57. Unblinkered says:

    No-one believes any of the official statements about the photo. For all four press associations to issue Kill Notices there’s some serious sh1t going on with that photo: realignment of a child’s arm, or a bit of smoothing, would not have resulted in the picture being withdrawn.

    The Middletons continue to make a mockery of the British Royal Family.

    • Lady D says:

      Trust me, they did not need the Middletons help to look like a mockery of a family. They make a mockery of everything decent. Children, marriage, honesty, a moral centre, they debase it all.
      The worst part is, they grow up believing that everything they mock is beneath them.

  58. Dee says:

    The timing of Princess Anne’s Global Fraud Summit post couldn’t have been better.

    • sparrow says:

      Dee! You made me laugh so much. Best comment. Thank you, and everyone on here, for taking my mind off what has been an emotionally draining morning in our house (and to Kaiser for the oscars coverage). On I plough thru other people’s funny stuff and thoughtful insights…

      • Liz says:

        Yes, it’s insightful and amusing here Sparrow. Hope things get better for you too 🤞🩷

  59. Rapunzel says:

    The Fail– The Fail!!!– is screaming about how KP cannot be trusted. Y’all…

    They did say it wasn’t K&W’s fault and that their PR person should be fired. But… still major.

    I suspect K is not in the country. She’s off getting treatment elsewhere and somebody is trying to pretend she’s not… and failing.

    • Elvira says:

      I thought that too initially but now I think plastic surgery. The arrogance here is kind of shocking.

  60. MrsMoose says:

    Look at the clothes worn by Kate and the kids on their Maidenhead baby bank visit last Nov. They’re wearing the same clothes, which have been digitally altered in this photo including recolouring Kate’s turtleneck jumper from white to blue, adding a tartan skirt print over Charlotte’s dark blue skirt and recolouring George and Louis’ sweaters.

    I would put money on a photo being taken last year of all of them like this and it’s been manipulated to seemingly look like a new, never before published photo.

    Which tells me that Kate is really not around anymore.

    • Roseberry says:

      The clip from the December visit is circulating on Twitter X @fashion can clearly see that they’re all wearing the same clothes with the colours altered/manipulated…

  61. Elvira says:

    I said this with the car image too. She took it and she photoshopped it. Badly. What a liar.

  62. Quara says:

    I can’t believe they found a way to make it worse…
    I mean, I honestly hope that Kate is recovering (even if it is slowly) especially for her kids sake, but I’m starting to get an awful feeling that this isn’t going to turn out to be a ‘well that was wild but funny in retrospect’ thing. I’m honestly worried something is really really wrong here.

    I really don’t want to watch the destruction of a family and the traumatization of children play out on the world stage (again).

    • Elvira says:

      I think she had a major facelift. That or she is away getting help for an ED but I lean toward facelift.

  63. Maremotrice says:

    So Kate can summon the strength to apologize on social media for photo editing yet she hasn’t said a word in support of the England rugby team during the Six Nations Championship? Very odd.

  64. Charlie says:

    So is Kate to be blamed for the extra limbs on the Christmas card?

    • sparrow says:

      Yes! I think she’s taking all sorts of blame. Poor woman. But then again he’s looking bloody awful and perhaps he’s suffering from her family. Who knows any longer.

  65. Elvira says:

    Don’t be surprised when Kate shows up looking much younger.

    • pyritedigger says:

      I’ve been saying major plastic surgery from the get go. I do not believe they would be so squirrelly about anything else. If it was a true illness/medical ailment, I think we’d get a little bit of info on what she is recovering from. The silence they are maintaining means it’s super shameful to them. Maybe they initially thought the procedure would be minor and then there were complications. Whatever it is, they are super embarrassed by it and the covering they’re doing is just making it worse.

    • Scorpio says:

      I really don’t think so. A) she would have done it in the summer when she can easily disappear for 3 months. B) any decently done face lift makes you look refreshed not completely different C) recovery time is about 6 weeks max, after which, again if done right, it should be hard to tell.

      I think the most likely combo is Crohns and a pending divorce. Charle’s cancer was probably already known in the winter via blood tests and the idea that William can’t divorce an ill queen sent him over the deep end. Team children.

  66. Likesalike says:

    Long time lurker, first time poster

    This is just insane. Insane. My own rebuttal to KP: if Kate truly lightly retouched this, then why would she remove her wedding ring? And let’s not pretend she doesn’t wear that ring to every event or photoshoot.

    They don’t realize that this “lie” just spurs a million more questions

    • SueBarbri33 says:

      This right here. If she’d photoshopped this, she certainly would have added Big Blue back to the mix. They are REALLY messing up.

  67. TRex says:

    I can’t believe they threw Kate under the bus!

    Why address all? madness.

  68. Chantal1 says:

    This is now Comedy Central. If effin up was a company, Willy Nilly would be the “top CEO”. How nice of him to throw the mother of his children under the bus. Surprised they didn’t blame Debacle Gary…

    C-Rex, come get your child! And you need to put all of KP under BP’s control tout de suite bc this is fiasco is splashing all over BP as well. Most media outlets won’t know or care that the palaces are run separately and by monarch vs heir. Its “the palace as a source can’t be trusted” that’s being highlighted and broadcast by credible International news orgs. Enjoy even more scrutiny!

    Now, where’s Kate?

  69. Caseysmom says:

    I really hope Kate is somewhere negotiating a handsome divorce settlement. If not, I fear for her life.

    Where are the children? Why haven’t they been seen??!

  70. KP Intern says:

    “On the plus side, your Highness, if we continue at this rate we may cause all anti-monarchists to die laughing, thus ensuring you reign supreme.”

  71. Lady Digby says:

    The photo isn’t kosher but it is heartbreaking because of the three innocent children. Will throwing his own wife recovering from surgery under the bus is beneath contempt. His PR states how protective he is of her and his kids. His actions contradict such claims.

  72. Tuesday says:

    2024 is like the 2022 flop tour EXTENDED CUT HOME EDITION.

  73. Elvira says:

    I think the reason that the press is turning on Kate and William here is because they are realizing that she never had abdominal surgery and they have been lied to all along. Just my opinion.

    • Kit says:

      I think royal reporters with direct ties to various royals know the truth for sometime now.

      What they are mad about is the gag order that British media is under, while the rest of the world is getting scoop and FREEDOM!

      We have payback time by these royal correspondents as they got to report that four reputable, big new agencies put out a kill order to stop distribution. That’s a big deal because the order is rarely used. It a huge rebuke and lay bare the lies that British media and the royals have been putting out. This becomes a British media’s and individual reporter’s credibility problem.

      Bottom line, this kill order over a doctored photo is proof how the royals lie and royal correspondents lie as well. The bite is bad because MIA Kate is big news globally even for people who aren’t interested in royalty. Plus you have the global community examining how news about the royals are being reported.

      Big oooops!

      • Nic919 says:

        They are hiding a divorce coming up. If she was on deaths door they wouldn’t be piping up as they are.

        It just takes an American or European journalist to break the story.

    • Bren says:

      @Kit, also think about all the money the British media is losing because they cannot report on MIA Kate.

  74. Dandelion2 says:

    KP’s PR people are like meterologists : they get it wrong all the time and never loose their job!

  75. [insert_catchy_name] says:

    .. I am starting to buy into the conspiracy theories. All of this… whatever this is from KP… started to try and disprove that Kate wasn’t in a coma or something. Apart from that weird TMZ pic (which I don’t really buy was real), THERE HAS BEEN NO REAL PROOF OF KATE’S EXISTENCE SINCE DECEMBER.

  76. Lau says:

    Most hilarious part of this whole saga so far, they just can’t get anything right.

  77. Lucky Charm says:

    OMG, the local news here in my little corner of the U.S. just reported on this photo and “Kate’s” apology!

    • BlueToile says:

      Me, too. Just got a little alert from a VERY local news agency. So cringe for the BRF.

  78. HK9 says:

    So wait-they’re saying the “editing’ was done by Kate? After all this time of her taking pictures over the years of her kids, this is the one where the editing has gone too far? Stop playing in my face, where is that girl.

  79. Lilly (with the double-L) says:

    They’re only answering a select group of the KKKhate fans, who I’m sure love this statement. It’s “proof” to defend their English rose, a term we all know the meaning of. On the kind side, cute kids! I hope they’re doing well.

  80. HollyJo says:

    As a mom and photographer, I freely admit to frankensteining a family portrait to get the best pose or smile from each kid because it’s really hard to get young kids to all have a coordinated genuine smile and pose in a single image. A lot of these look like photoshop masking errors from trying to place a better shot into the main image. There are also major issues with scale, depth of field and light/shadows that show this goes beyond trying to merge photos from the same session.

    • Catnip says:

      How young are these kids? 2,3, 4? How do other parents do it? Before photoshopping capabilities? This excuse that kids are too squirmy is throwing them under the bus alongside Kate.

      We have school and sports teams photos taken by parents and they turned out splendid. These parents have no time to photoshop the photos. With all the tech that comes with smart phone these days, it’s much easier to get good photos.

    • WiththeAmerican says:

      That’s not the issue here because if it were, they’d have provided the originals when asked.

    • Kit says:

      I love how people are defending Will as the lie is exposed, because KP officially announced he took the photo. For Mother’s Day no less.

      Now KP is throwing Kate under the bus for bad photoshopping. Will is innocent you see.

      And Kate’s supporters are throwing the kids under the same bus for being unruly, explaining to the world the need for intense photoshopping.


  81. L4Frimaire says:

    What a shit show. The fact that they’re ok with William blaming her for this, and her letting herself be used this way is beyond pathetic. They just insult everyone’s intelligence and the UK press is do willing to lap it up. Zero credibility or integrity. They deserve no respect. I genuinely feel sorry for their kids witnessing this. Whatever is wrong with Kate, this is making it worse.

  82. mary Pester says:

    I’ve stopped taking sugar in my tea as it’s more refreshing without it ☕😂
    William isn’t in the picture and silly willy the prince of pratsville didn’t take it!
    Billy idol doesn’t like gardening in the rose bushes anymore, apparently green fly and mould set in, BUT he’s OK because he’s decided gardening isn’t his thing any more. He likes country persuits and loves taking his chopper cross country. Screaming around the Palace demanding that there are NO appointments Royal or otherwise for days at a time, because he needs to unwind, it’s all so hard for him, and only ONE person understands him and listens to him.
    It’s not a pretty sight people and staff are getting sick of it. Two have quit, and there is another in quite a senior position who’s on the verge, because in his words “I’m not here to babysit a bloody toddler, and I’m definitely not here to lie and cover for him, not anymore.
    Now I’ve got to speak to Heather and again as I can’t remember the rest, but I know there’s more.
    By the way, the latest picture that is supposed to show the gruesome twosome together is laughable.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      Mary Pester, I wondered about there being another person mixed in here. Staff are leaving and no one in the bm are mentioning it. Why doesn’t that surprise me? That he’s not at KP but somewhere else isn’t a surprise. It’s kind of obvious with his absence of work. He’s unravelling.

    • Jaded says:

      As usual, thanks for the piping hot tea Mary Pester, and thanks to your pal Heather for sharing. The wheels are falling off the cart big time, it’s now become a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck and it’s about bloody time.

    • CC says:

      Is that one person a friend of L Ron Hubbard?

    • BlueToile says:

      @Mary Pester, so…only ONE person understands and listens to him? Where have we heard that before? *cough, Chuck & Cams* No more rose gardening, yet Rose has been all over the tabs in the past week. Major Defection. Is Easter still going to be some type of high-water mark?

    • Claire says:

      @ Mary Pester – who is the one person that will listen to Will?

    • Beverley says:

      Scalding hot tea! Thanks, Mary Pester. Your updates confirm that things are chaotic at KP right now, in a BIG way. William seems completely out of control and what’s worse, his office has no idea how to deal with him. The next few weeks should be as interesting as the last few have been.

      I’ve got my popcorn. Staying tuned for the ongoing series: The Fall of the House of Windsor. 🍿🍿🍿

    • Cassie says:

      Mary , curious as to who is this one person who truly understands him ?

    • Lemons says:

      Thank you for the tea time, Mary Pester! William has become his father. He’s spent his life thinking he was so much better, but in the end, he’s a petulant version of all the worst parts of Charles.

  83. QuiteContrary says:

    When will they learn that the best way to stop a scandal in its tracks is to be truthful?

    The truth must be pretty terrible for them to be going to these lengths to avoid telling it.

    Because now they’ve become an international laughingstock. And to blame the supposedly sick woman? Wow. Talk about plumbing the depths.

  84. Here for the Fall of the British Empire says:

    So Kate is too sick to send out thank yous to her medical caregivers and well-wishers, correspond with any of her patronages, be seen from any angle receiving hugs or flowers from her children or William, or give so much as a wave from a window, but she’s completely healthy enough to sit for this photo and spend hours photoshopping it?

    The more William screws this up, the more convinced I am that he did something terrible to Kate. I’m guessing Carole caught wind of the Mother’s Day photo and staged the car photo of Kate to undercut William’s message that all is well. The palaces photoshop all the time, but would these news outlets have looked so closely at this photo if we hadn’t just seen Kate not looking so great?

    Furthermore, William not accepting responsibility for a photo he supposedly took, and that was posted from his official account, says everything about who he is as a person.

    It begs the question: Where is Kate?

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      Here for the fall of the British Empire, I think she’s just refusing to engage with anyone. The alternative is that she’s not allowed to engage with anyone. At this point, I’m simply not convinced that she’s ill.

      You do realize that the British Empire no longer exists, right?

      • Anna says:

        I believe there might have been a surgery. I also believe that she might not be completely disfigured but not liking how she looks.

        What we see now is clearly war of the Waleses. They were so sure Will picked the most bland, compliant and determined bride but it will be an epic karma if this bride brings the mornarchy down. Maybe not completely now but their reputation and significance already took a fall.

      • C says:

        Saucy&Sassy – Obviously the British empire no longer exists. That memo hasn’t seemed to reach the royal family though (especially given what we saw in the Caribbean tour) so I’d guess the username is referring to that.

  85. Rnot says:

    At this point how do we even know that C stands for Catherine and not Camilla or Charles?

  86. sgtmajorette says:

    Check the look on Camilla’s face at the Commonwealth Day event. Tells you all you want to know.

  87. LynZey says:

    I do believe this is a photo from the fall that has been manipulated to extreme to try and make it look recent. The news services killed it because they believe something more sinister is at play. My cousin had abdominal surgery and couldn’t wear anything even slightly clinging around her midsection for months and yet Kate is wearing tight clingy jeans. If she’s well enough to sit for hours photoshopping she’s well enough to be seen. Also if you believe that pap photo of Kate and ma was real (albeit obscured) where Kate looks puffy and unwell then how can she look hale and hearty just days later. The dark photo with Will and Kate in the car with her head turned away is another ruse.

  88. Sandra says:

    I hope this doesn’t get my comment booted but I think she was hospitalized for and eating related issue. It would explain why they won’t even release photos of her face if she is looking more gaunt. She seems to have the personality type and she has been shrinking for years.

    • Sandra says:

      This could include something like gastroparesis, IBS/UC, not meaning to imply and ED.

    • Aurora says:

      Actually, she doesn’t look gaunty at all in the car picture. Of course after this mess its authencity is also questionable.
      Anyway, let’s asume it’s her. If her digestive system was compromised or she’s wearing a bag after some procedure adjacent to intestine resection, my understanding is she’d still be on a light diet, after years of being very skinny. So, if that was her in the tmz pic, it’s not very much consistent with her alleged illness.
      Tbh, she’s worked hard for her usually rail-like frame and I’d understand if she’s abhorring of having become a size 6. Imo she looks much better with 20 pounds more. Which I think she’s been missing health wise. She’s glowed during her pregnancies.

  89. robem07 says:

    It’s a mirror image (*plus photoshopping and erasing William) of a family group taken at the end of 2023. It was poorly and clumsily manipulated but I strongly doubt Kate was the one who did it.

  90. AC says:

    Yes they are literally a clown show.
    This forum/blog has warned them many times that they cannot survive their Medieval ways in the 21st century, but they are so super arrogant to want to listen, as they think they are above everyone else. Well now they are an embarrassment and are a global joke each passing day. And imo the BM has lost its reputation on the world stage- anything they publish will be greeted with some degree of doubt. I don’t think Any sane person will be able to trust the BM and the BRF after this. They have A lot of work to do to gain back that Trust. Their petty default to blame HM isn’t going to work anymore .
    As I’ve also mentioned last week, I’m surprised their comms team is still employed. And that they wouldn’t be able to survive in the real corporate world – This past weekend Proved that. I don’t know who’s going to hire them after this as they’ve done a very pi&&ss poor job. If they plan to look for another job, I wouldn’t even put this experience on their resume- as it was a huge global PR disaster.

  91. GiveMePizza says:

    Wow. Who thought it was a good idea to make Kate take responsibility for this Mother’s Day photo debacle, after claiming William is the one who took the photo?!? The entire world is following this now, and thinks the future king is at BEST a crap husband (if not also a lazy, boozy, liar who lies). Such terrible PR. So, so badly done.

    Poor Grammy Elizabeth is up in heaven, shaking her head and crying into her pile of corgis.

  92. J.Mo says:

    Has anyone else noticed the Daily Fail is featuring somewhat positive stories about the Sussex couple lately? It’s like they’re testing the waters to see if people will forget how hateful they’ve been.

    • Kkat says:

      I haven’t read all the comments yet, I’m so excited 😆

      I do graphic design as my job, I’m also extremely familiar with AI.
      What I think they did was they use an original photo as the base and used it in the prompt. With using different colors for the clothing, spring background/season
      Then they made a ton of generations until they got close to what they wanted.
      Then they spliced parts of images and used Photoshop (badly) with the original photo or just used AI

      The window frames, floor tiles is absolutely AI, Louis hand if you look at the index finger, it’s dented and distorted with the middle finger, that a AI mistake.
      Kate’s zipper could either be a bad Photoshop blend or AI
      And Charlotte’s arm has been cut and moved to put the Kate hand image under it, and they didn’t align the wrist with the sleeve.
      Also they tried to superimpose the arm sleeve on top of the original photo they were using.

      It’s a ton of amateur Photoshop and AI
      This is stuff I noticed in a second because I’m used to looking for weird crap in images.
      The Photoshop skill level is medium, they could do some things but not the harder things like hair.

      Kate’s head, the side of her head in the Louis side has been altered, it’s been pushed in to narrow her head but they screwed up the hair, so it’s a obviously blurred mess. There are so many better ways they could have chosen to do that.
      The other side of her jaw /head is odd, that could be a PS screw up but i think the head/ face is a AI splice.

      People on Twitter were checking the photo and it always came back machine made.

      So my professional opinion is multiple crappy AI images of the original, and a WHOLE BUNCH of really bad Photoshop on top 😂

      • May says:

        @kkkate, thanks for your expertise in explaining the issues with the photo. I just wish others that have been manipulated were “killed” as well. The most egregious one to my mind was where they totally photoshopped Louis into the last photo of Queen Elizabeth with her grandkids and great-grandkids! And, what about all of the major photoshopping on most of Kate’s photos by jackson? Were the prior photos only issued by the palaces? Were AP and other large photo agencies not a distributor thereof? Given what I’ve read of AP”s editing standards, those should not have flown as well. I am wondering if the new Press officer for KP just made a mistake on how the photo was distributed to the Press.

    • Pinkosaurus says:

      The Mail is also not deleting or burying the pro-Sussex comments! I only noticed because a few of the deranged Sussex-haters are complaining about having to see so much Sussex support 😂. Cry more derangers.

  93. CM says:

    didnt they say they never “complain” or “explain”?

  94. Just Chelle says:

    I’m starting to wonder if this “incompetence” is actually intentional to keep everyone focusing on the wrong things. In other words, to deflect from something much, much worse.


  95. Bad Janet says:

    What the actual f?

    Just announce the divorce already and GIVE UP. The arrogance of these idiots thinking people can’t see through all these completely obvious lies.

  96. Mary Eleanor Kidd says:

    And UNDER the bus goes Kate! I feel it’s going to get a lot dirtier before this is all over.

  97. Khadi says:

    Correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t Diana have favorite photographers that she would call and do nice family photo shoots for the Media. I seem to remember seeing Diana, C and the boys for years. Professional photos.
    So my question is does Kate not know professional photographers who she can pay to give her what she wants?

    • Tessa says:

      Mario Testino was diana s favorite photographer

    • Lulu says:

      I think Chris Jackson is the name of Kate’s favorite photographer. He does photoshop her face, but I would guess he draws the line at massive manipulation. I think that’s why either Kate or Will did this and not a professional. They are breathtakingly arrogant.

    • sevenblue says:

      @Khadi, I think, Kate prefers taking her family pics herself because the copyright of the photos then belongs to her. It seems to me, that gives more control to them for their family pics. I am not sure if she profits from that as well, but she can authorize or unauthorize the usage of the photo if they belong to her or Will.

      • Interested Gawker says:

        “Kate prefers taking her family pics herself because the copyright of the photos then belongs to her”

        I wonder if that’s another issue that made the news services reject it, that the individual parts were not necessarily KP property. Who took the baby bank photos? Who shot the Vogue cover? Does the copyright belong to KP or the individual photographers? Not just that is was purported to be Kate in 2024 and it wasn’t but that the image mish mash was built from multiple photographers who wouldn’t want there work utilized for a scam. When they couldn’t get clarification from the palace they had no choice.

      • sevenblue says:

        @Interested Gawker, I agree. I don’t think that the original photographer(s) would be brave enough to come forward in order to claim their work (their livelihood would be destroyed by the palace & tabloids), but from the agencies’ point, they would be giving cover for both fake date and fake owner. Anyone with a little experience in photography can tell this is a professional photoshoot, looking at the image as a whole. Editing is the bad part, but maybe they didn’t think, the agencies would take a stand against the most famous family in the world.

  98. Mrs. Smith says:

    The photo situation seemed sort of tit for tat there for a moment. Team K knew Team W+KP would do a Mothers Day photo post. Carole pulled a power move with the car pap shot, then KP answered with the doctored photo of K w/o her rings. Then they blame her for the scandal. Then they put her in a car w/W today b/c she is now officially a Spare pawn. The wheels, at least for K, have come off. I hope she takes the payout and leaves to enjoy her children and the rest of her days out of this meat grinder of a family.

  99. Lulu says:

    What will happen with the next pic of Kate when her face is photoshopped? Her photographer does a much better job but I assume professionals have a way of verifying. Will all photoshopping be called out now when a photo comes from KP like erasing wrinkles?

    • Jaded says:

      She didn’t just have some wrinkles smoothed out, she has been missing for over 2 months and the photo in question, showing a healthy happy Kate and kiddos, was compiled from several older photos so it’s an utter fake. She isn’t healthy and happy, she is missing and this was a clear violation of editorial rules and regulations that must be followed by global news organizations, to which they are legally bound to fact-check all visual material and claims posted on their media.

  100. Jk says:

    I don’t think so. This particular photo was editorial and issued by KP to the international press to quell the rumours and conspiracy theories. It is supposed to tell the truth about her state. Heavy photoshopping for a Christmas card, magazine cover or even Instagram would be expected and accepted.

  101. Jk says:

    The NERVE of this woman to say we are ‘confused’! There’s no ‘confusion’, B#*ch. And suddenly she’s just an amateur photographer dabbling in editing while recovering in bed. How cute.

  102. Cassie says:

    It’s all over the media here in Australia and not positive .
    Love it .

    • Jaded says:

      It’s all over Canada, the US and apparently the rest of the world. This has backfired spectacularly.

  103. zinjazin says:

    This whole thing reminds me of that fawlty towers episode when his wife leaves and Basil pretends to their friends that she is sick lol.

  104. Aurora says:

    Poor woman. Seriously, there must be something really f*cked up going on in her life to create this circus. This woman better become Queen and gets to commission a face roller for her out of the Koh-i-Noor diamond. How do they even explain this to the children? “Darlings, you’re going to see yourselves in a picture you never were part of, but there’s an explanation…”
    At this point, she must be sending ‘Extract us!’ messenger pigeons to Montecito.

  105. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    I just realized the jerks on “Veep” were more conscientious than the royal family. Gary wanted to be in a picture but photographer wouldn’t do it — “Technically, yes. Ethically, no. I document, I don’t invent.” And Salina wanted Kent to photoshop her, but he refused, “I can’t airbrush history,ma’am, I’m not Joseph Stalin.”

    “Veep” was supposed to be the pinnacle of incompetence and/or corruption. Truth is stranger than fiction, I guess.

    • Skyblacker says:

      I think it was Neil Gaiman who said that the problem with fiction is that it has to make sense, and reality has no such constraint.

  106. Soni says:

    Can somebody please explain why The Independent has this random fluff piece on arise that was published yesterday I believe. One of the comments in the article said something about how many time U.K. papers will have these kinds of seemingly random pieces when they’re actually related to other things going on in the news. Its all very bizarre.

    • samipup says:

      Yes, many folks on here have noticed the BM publishing and retracting stories about Rose, for example. To direct focus.

  107. equality says:

    ABC News reported on the photo and said that “Buckingham Palace refused to distribute the original”. I thought that was funny.

  108. J.Ferber says:

    The gall of these people. They are unraveling in real time and the cover-up is so ridiculously bad they all deserve to fall off the face of the Earth (except the kids). I hope Karma is finally coming for Will especially. He so richly deserves it.

  109. Ewissa says:

    Later of yesterday Will and Kate were pictured together.She was in car facing away from W.H e was on his way to commonw.service and she was heading to private engagement! (I wonder if that’s code word for divorce lawyers)
    So she is alive, but unfortunately all we could see was back /side of her head as she was facing away from W and cameras

  110. Jenn says:

    TikTok is going wild with this. Someone posited, compellingly, that the photo is from November 2023, with the family’s clothing slightly doctored to look less obvious. (Less plausible, another TikTok claims that her face is from her 2016 Vogue cover.) Genuinely startling.

  111. SCAR❤️❤️❤️❤️ says:

    Didn’t Will and Kate begin taking their own photos to own and control the rights to them? If this is the case, then this photo, which was attributed to William, could cause a legal problem for them, if portions of this picture came from work/photos taken by professional photographers and this work is being attributed to Willy.