Updated Mar 11, 2024 - World

Princess of Wales admits to editing photo, apologizes "for any confusion"

Kate Middleton, wearing a hat and blue jacket, viewed from behind, showing her facial side profile.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, attends the Christmas Morning Service at Sandringham Church on Dec. 25, 2023, in Sandringham, Norfolk. Photo: Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales, on Monday admitted to editing a controversial family photo and apologized for "any confusion" it had caused after major press agencies pulled the image over the weekend.

Why it matters: The rare move by AP, Reuters, AFP and other news organizations has added fuel to speculation about the princess' whereabouts and health following an unspecified abdominal surgery.

State of play: "Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing. I wanted to express my apologies for any confusion the family photograph we shared yesterday caused," Kensington Palace wrote in a post on X Monday.

  • The note was signed "C," indicating it came from the princess.

Catch up quick: The palace released the photo, showing Princess Kate surrounded by her three children, on Sunday to mark Mother's Day in the U.K.

  • But the image quickly faced scrutiny on social media for apparent editing lapses.

The big picture: It was the first official photo of the princess released since she underwent surgery in January.

  • The princess has stepped away from her official duties as she recovers from the procedure, which the palace previously said was "successful."

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Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional context about the photo.

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