Why Some News Agencies Are Pulling Kate Middleton's New Family Photo

LUXEMBOURG - MAY 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge outside the City Museum along the Corniche to view the capital during a one day visit on May 11, 2017 in Luxembourg. The Duchess will attend a series of engagements to celebrate the cultural and historic ties between the UK and Luxembourg and the official commemoration of the 1867 Treaty of London, which confirmed Luxembourg's independence and neutrality. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

After eagle-eyed internet sleuths called out several inconsistencies in the editing of the newest photo of Princess Kate Middleton and her three children, several major news agencies have pulled the snapshot from circulation.

Kensington Palace released the "new" photo of Middleton surrounded by Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte on Sunday, March 10, seemingly in another fruitless attempt to quell the world's concerns about the royal's health and whereabouts after their previous attempts only triggered countless conspiracy theories and memes, but it only served to add more fuel to the proverbial fire—especially once the Associated Press, Reuters, and AFP and more shut down use of the photo.

The AP and AFP "killed"  the image after discovering upon "closer inspection" that "it appears that the source has manipulated the image” and that there was an "editorial issue" with it, respectively, while Reuters removed it following a "post-publication review."

Though the photo was allegedly taken by Prince William sometime this year, many fans accused the palace of doctoring it, or even generating it through AI, in a poor attempt to dispel the constant questions about Middleton, who has only been seen once in a grainy paparazzi photo since her reported abdominal surgery in January.

Folks noticed that there were several errors throughout the image, including with Charlotte's sleeve and Kate's hair, not to mention the bright greenery in the background despite it being winter. As a result, many remain convinced that the royals are actively participating in some kind of coverup with it comes to the Princess of Wales.

So far, Kensington Palace hasn't formally addressed the accusations surrounding the image, and it was still live on their social media accounts at the time of writing, but Parade has reached out to the royal family for comment.

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