The ‘disgusting’ act was committed by The Mirror, who ran a story about the royals leading the salute at a Remembrance Day service in London.
In the original photo, Kate looks sombre as she stands on a balcony. Her eyes are downcast and she proudly displays poppies pinned to her lapel.
However, the photo used to sell the tabloid shows the royal with enhanced shadows on her face, making her look much older than she actually is.
Fans quickly slammed the publication for their huge mistake, with some calling the publication ‘cruel’ and ‘pathetic’.
“Daily Mirror should issue an apology to the Princess of Wales,” one user wrote.
“They’ve totally changed her cheekbones, her mouth, the shadows — they’ve made her look about 70 — it’s a disgrace. But it’s not a surprise from that rag,” added another.
“You have to give it to them, it takes some considerable effort to make Kate look bad. A lot of hard work must have gone into it,” a third quipped.
“Someone at The Mirror has clearly decided they hate the Princess of Wales. Publishing a clearly photoshopped picture of her on Remembrance Sunday, on the front page. Tell me again how the press have never had it in for Kate? Pathetic,” another remarked.
When i saw an image of kate doing rounds on Twitter, i thought it was photoshoped. This morning I went to my local co-op and took this pic of todays #DailyMirror. Surely #KateMiddleton doesn’t look like this? pic.twitter.com/kysKlr27zt
— HK (@hasifah23) November 14, 2022
The Mirror must think we are stupid pic.twitter.com/awf7rmaCey
— Jesús Enrique Rosas - The Body Language Guy (@Knesix) November 14, 2022
Controversy over royal photo
Users pointed out that although Meghan is the oldest of the four, she was the royal who looked the youngest.
Meghan is the oldest person in this photo. pic.twitter.com/DZ4P4Nawqx
— My Royalty Account (@BurnerRoyalty) September 16, 2022
“I did not realise [Meghan] was 41. I legitimately thought she was 30,” one user tweeted.
“She looks very youthful, amazing and younger than all of them,” another pointed out.
“Meghan has great genes. The royal family should be happy as hell to have her contributing to their bloodline,” added a third.
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