Another official photo featuring Catherine, Princess of Wales, has been digitally manipulated, according to a leading photo agency, sparking a second royal retouching controversy just as Kate was seen in public for the first time in months.

Getty Images said the photo of Queen Elizabeth with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren taken by Kate and released at Kensington Palace last year had been “digitally enhanced” and a CNN analysis found signs of change in up to 19 places.

A similar saga follows over a Mother’s Day photo of Catherine and her children, said to have been taken by Prince William, which was also retouched. To quell the uproar following the first edited photo, Kate apologized and claimed last Monday that she likes to “experiment” with editing images.

Newly uncovered inconsistencies in a second royal picture put Kate at the center of more questions and threaten to destroy the royal family’s relationships with leading news and photography outlets.

It is a controversy the Waleses will not welcome, coming at a time of intense scrutiny over the princess’s health and status.

On Saturday, Prince William and Kate were spotted and photographed at a farm shop near their home, dispelling questions about their health.

The princess was also photographed leaving Windsor Castle in her private car earlier this month while attending a private appointment on March 11, Kensington Palace previously told CNN.

She had not been seen in public since the palace said she had undergone abdominal surgery in January.

The latest controversy revolves around an image published in April 2023 showing the queen, who died last September, surrounded by ten of her young relatives.

The palace said it was taken by Kate at Balmoral Castle in Scotland in the months before the queen’s death, but the corrections led to confusion over whether the image was actually stitched together from different shots.

Inconsistencies in the Balmoral photo include misalignment of the Queen’s skirt and blanket, as well as the sofa on which she sits. Strands of Princess Charlotte’s hair appear to have been cloned, while the edge of Prince Louis’ shoulder is blurred and appears to overlap the background. The lighting of some of the royals in the photo also does not match the overall lighting of the image.

Getty said in an editor’s note that the image was “digitally enhanced at source.” CNN has contacted the agency; When contacted on Tuesday, Kensington Palace declined to comment.

In a statement to CNN, the company said: “Getty Images conducts a review of the handout images and, consistent with its editorial policies, places an editor’s note on images that the source has suggested could be digitally enhanced.”

In Kate’s brief apology for the Mother’s Day picture, she did not explain why she changed her photos or why Kensington Palace did not communicate the changes to photo agencies.

The rebuke from Getty and others is more than just an embarrassment for the royals.

The family, like countless governments and institutions around the world, relies on agencies to distribute their images to news outlets. However, these companies have strict rules that only allow minimal editing. By secretly manipulating their images in various locations, the royals portrayed themselves as potential spreaders of misinformation.

Getty in particular has a long-standing close relationship with Kensington Palace; They have often been invited to royal photo shoots and have sponsored royal events.

Kate has taken a break from public duties while she recovers from her surgery. This extended absence led to numerous conspiracy theories online and questions about her health in the British media. King Charles III has since taken on lighter duties after announcing his cancer diagnosis in February.

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