Kensington Palace Is Not a “Trusted Source” After Kate Middleton Photo

Kensington Palace Is Not a “Trusted Source” After Kate Middleton Photo

The royal family is on thin ice. 

In light of photo agencies pulling a photo of Kate Middleton on March 10 for being “manipulated,” the global news director of Agence France-Presse (AFP) Phil Chetwynd revealed that his publication will no longer view Kensington Palace as a “trusted source.”

“At this moment in time, AFP’s trust in handout pictures from the [Kensington] Palace has been compromised,” Chetwynd shared in a March 14 statement to E! News. “We cannot say they are a trusted source for handout pictures. We still require further explanations.”

But that’s not to say the agency will no longer use photos provided by the family. As Chetwynd explained, it simply means the submissions will “be subject to heightened scrutiny and editing checks.”

He added, “We would hope we could rebuild this trust over time.”

Chetwynd went on to admit that the portrait of Middleton—which was posted to her and husband Prince Williams‘ official Instagram account in honor of U.K. Mother’s Day and featured the Princess of Wales with kids Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5—was originally published without close inspection because the agency had worked with palace for years and “never had issues before.” However, realizing the palace had distributed a “doctored photo available for distribution to the world’s media” has made Chetwynd re-evaluate the relationship.  

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