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How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle handled 'Photoshop' accusations - after Kate Middleton Photoshop Saga

How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle handled 'Photoshop' accusations - after Kate Middleton Photoshop Saga
Sussex Royal PA Wire

In the latest chapter of royal intrigue, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been thrust into the limelight over accusations of photo manipulation—a claim that has rippled through the media and royal circles alike.

The controversy gained momentum when the couple's 2019 Christmas card photo was called into question, with critics alleging that the image had been digitally altered.

The photograph in question depicted the Sussex family in a serene and intimate setting, with young Archie front and center.

Critics pointed to the seemingly perfect composition and clarity of Meghan's face against the blurred backdrop as evidence of tampering.

However, the couple's swift response was a masterclass in crisis management. They released the original photo, which showed no signs of the alleged alterations, thereby reinforcing their stance on transparency and truthfulness.

Adding to the narrative, Misan Harriman, the photographer and a close friend of the Sussexes, vehemently defended the authenticity of another photo—the one announcing Meghan's second pregnancy.

Harriman denounced the "insidious and really dangerous journalism" that accused him of altering the image, emphasizing the integrity of his work and the couple's character.

The saga took a turn when Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, found herself embroiled in a similar situation.

After Kensington Palace released a Mother's Day photo that appeared to have been edited, Kate admitted to "experimenting with editing."

The Palace's decision not to release the original image only fueled speculation and drew comparisons to the Sussexes' handling of their own photo controversy.

The royal family's approach to these allegations has been under intense scrutiny.

While Harry and Meghan opted for openness, the Palace's handling of Kate's photo raised questions about the royal family's commitment to authenticity. Friends and family of the Sussexes have rallied to their defense, with one friend taking to social media to express pride in capturing the family's Christmas moment, stating,

"Here's the original that was sent out," and challenging the media's portrayal of the event.

The contrasting responses between the Sussexes and the Cambridges underscore the complexities of living in the public eye, particularly in an era where digital manipulation is commonplace.

The way in which public figures, especially royals, navigate these waters can significantly impact their relationship with the public and their legacy.