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Kate pictured with William after controversy over edited photograph

The Princess of Wales has been pictured leaving Windsor alongside Prince William, following controversy over a Mother’s Day photograph Kate admitted to “editing”.

Kensington Palace said the Princess of Wales left in a car with the Prince of Wales as William was driven to the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London.

Kate is not attending the service, but is understood to have a private appointment.

The Princess of Wales could be seen looking out of the window.

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Royals attend Commonwealth Day service

Earlier, she apologised “for any confusion” after admitting to “editing” a controversial Mother’s Day image of her with her three children.

In a statement, Kate, 42, said: “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.

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“I hope everyone celebrating had a very happy Mother’s Day. C.”

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The photo Kate claims she edited

The image was circulated by a number of picture agencies on Sunday before Reuters, Associated Press (AP), Getty Images and Agence France-Presse (AFP) told media outlets to “kill” the photo from their systems and archives.

AP told Sky News the photo showed an “inconsistency in the alignment of Princess Charlotte’s left hand”.

A Reuters spokesperson said: “The altered photo didn’t meet Reuters standards of image quality” hence the withdrawal.

Read more: What led to palace admission over ‘manipulated’ photo of Kate

The picture was released to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Is Kate’s explanation enough?

It’s rare to get a personal statement from the Princess of Wales, but this is an exceptional case, picture agencies have never “killed” an official picture they’ve been given by the royal family.

It was getting out of hand and the Prince and Princess of Wales had to offer some clarity and confirm that some minor alterations have been made.

But is their explanation enough?

They won’t tell exactly what she changed simply guiding us that they were trying to share an informal picture of the family for Mother’s Day.

I’m sure any parent can sympathise with the idea that three children may not have all posed perfectly and there is so much we can all do to pictures before we post on social media.

But because of their position we inevitably hold them to higher standards.

This isn’t just about one photograph, it’s about credibility, trust and the wider discussions about the manipulation of pictures and the spread of fake news.

A debate they have dropped themselves into when all they were trying to do was quieten down the noise around Kate and her health.

It comes following speculation surrounding Kate’s health since she spent a short period in hospital in January for abdominal surgery, shortly after her 42nd birthday.

Kensington Palace later confirmed the surgery was successful and she would be taking time to recover at home in Windsor.

King absent but ‘deeply touched’

Commonwealth Day is celebrated yearly and the association is marked its 75th anniversary on Monday – though King Charles was not in attendance as he continues to receive treatment for cancer.

The event is the most significant royal occasion that the monarch has missed since he was forced to postpone all public-facing duties, since the announcement was made in early February.

In a video address to the Commonwealth, the 75-year-old highlighted how “diversity” was its core “strength”, and the union of 56 member countries was a “precious source of strength, inspiration, and pride” to him.

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King ‘deeply touched’ by good wishes

Charles said in the pre-recorded message: “In recent weeks, I have been most deeply touched by your wonderfully kind and thoughtful good wishes for my health and, in return, can only continue to serve you, to the best of my ability, throughout the Commonwealth.

“My belief in our shared endeavours and in the potential in our people remains as sure and strong as it has ever been. I have no doubt that we will continue to support one another across the Commonwealth, as together, we continue this vital journey.”

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