Kate Middleton personally apologises for confusion as she takes blame for editing portrait

The image was said to have been taken by the Prince of Wales and is the first photo of Kate to be released since her operation.

Kate has apoloigised over the controversial family portrait
Kate has apoloigised over the controversial family portrait (Ian Vogler/PA)

Kate Middleton has personally apologised for the “confusion” over the digitally altered family photograph released by Kensington Palace.

Kate in a statement released on social media 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. I hope everyone celebrating had a very happy Mother’s Day. C”.

The photograph of Kate and her children, taken by Prince William, was the first to be issued since the princess’s abdominal surgery and was released by Kensington Palace to mark Mother’s Day.

But it was withdrawn with a “Kill” notice by international picture agencies hours later – and the UK’s PA news agency on Monday – because of suspicions it had been manipulated.

Royal sources said the Princess of Wales made “minor adjustments” and that Kate and the Prince of Wales wanted to offer an informal picture of the family together for Mother’s Day.

“The Wales family spent Mother’s Day together and had a wonderful day,” the source added.

Kensington Palace came under growing pressure over the debacle with the controversy branded “damaging” to the public’s trust of the royal family.

Concerns were raised over a missing part of Princess Charlotte’s sleeve and the misaligned edge of her skirt, with other speculation including the positioning of Kate’s zip.

The picture was released to reassure the public amid escalating conspiracy theories online over the state of Kate’s health in recent weeks, but the controversy – dubbed “Kategate” and “Sleevegate” – has been labelled an “extraordinary” turn of events.