"Nothing nefarious going on here" says Photoshop expert on Kate-Gate family photo…

Mothering Day family photo of the Princess of Wales and her three children, 2024
(Image credit: Instagram.com/princeandprincessofwales/)

With Princess Catherine currently recovering from surgery and out of the public eye there has been extra scrutiny – and inevitably talk of conspiracy – about the now notoriously manipulated "Kate-Gate" Mothers’ Day family photo. But the idea that the royal press department would piece together a fake scene for Mothers’ Day to hide a more sinister truth – and do such an obvious job of it – seems absurd.

The Prince of Wales took the photo, or more likely a set of photos, while the Princess of Wales oversaw the editing. I may not be privy to the inner Photoshoppings of the royal family, but I’m certain there is nothing more nefarious going on here than a bit of harmless head-swapping. 

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James Paterson

The lead technique writer on Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine and N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine, James is a fantastic general practice photographer with an enviable array of skills across every genre of photography. 

Whether it's flash photography techniques like stroboscopic portraits, astrophotography projects like photographing the Northern Lights, or turning sound into art by making paint dance on a set of speakers, James' tutorials and projects are as creative as they are enjoyable. 

He's also a wizard at the dark arts of Photoshop, Lightroom and Affinity Photo, and is capable of some genuine black magic in the digital darkroom, making him one of the leading authorities on photo editing software and techniques.