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Kate Middleton photo scandal links Palace to North Korea and Iran, news chief says – POLITICO

Kate Middleton photo scandal links Palace to North Korea and Iran, news chief says – POLITICO

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“No, absolutely not,” Chetwynd said, when asked if the Palace was still a trusted source. “Like with anything, when you’re let down by a source the bar is raised.”

Last weekend, several news agencies — including The Associated Press (AP), Reuters, Getty Images and AFP — issued “kill notices” for a Mother’s Day photo released by Kensington Palace, which showed the Princess of Wales embracing her three smiling children.

The photo had been released partly in an apparent bid to quell a surge of online conspiracy theories about the whereabouts and well-being of Kate, who has not been seen in public since she underwent abdominal surgery earlier this year. But the world’s top media agencies quickly pulled it from circulation after finding that it appeared to have been manipulated— a bombshell which only fueled the already out-of-control rumor mill.

Kate later admitted to editing the photo, apologizing for “any confusion.” But the damage was done, as the scandal inflamed the crisis of trust already brewing in Kensington Palace.

“One thing that’s really important is you cannot be distorting reality for the public. There’s a question of trust,” Chetwynd said.

Chetwynd said AFP initially validated the photo, but that should never have happened as it “clearly violated” its guidelines.

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