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Royal transparency, privacy & Kate’s photo gaffe ‘sadness’: The Standard podcast

The royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace (Victoria Jones/PA) (PA Wire)
The royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace (Victoria Jones/PA) (PA Wire)

The Princess of Wales is said to be “saddened” over the doctored photo which has engulfed the royal family in controversy.

Kate has publicly taken the blame for the manipulated image released by Kensington Palace and issued a personal apology for the “confusion”.

In this episode of The Standard podcast, we examine what happened, why it’s hit the front pages and balancing privacy with transparency of the royal family’s business.

The image had, before closer inspection, appeared to be a typical smiling PR shot of Kate with Prince Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, celebrating mother’s day.

But her tweaks to the snap, taken by Prince William, led to picture agencies issuing a “kill” notice on its release when the manipulation was found - visible in artefacts around body parts and clothing.

Now, palace insiders insist the “entirely innocent” mistake was an attempt to make the family portrait the best it could be.

Kate, a keen amateur photographer, apologised with a signed message on social media saying she liked to “occasionally experiment with editing”.

Kate underwent surgery at the London Clinic on January 16, but details of her condition have been kept private, and she is not expected to return to official duties until after Easter.

Kate’s since been seen leaving Windsor Castle in a car with William as he was driven to the Commonwealth Day service in London.

For analysis on the ‘Kategate’ photo incident and its wider context for the royals, we’re joined by Evening Standard reporter Robert Dex.

Listen above, or wherever you find your podcasts.