The Christmas photo shared by Prince William and Kate Middleton with their children sparked controversy and accusations of photoshopping due to a perceived issue with Prince Louis’ hand, which appeared to be missing a finger. Despite the speculations, the royal couple did not admit to altering the image. However, they reportedly felt embarrassed by the implications of photo editing, as disclosed by an insider to Us Weekly on December 12.
The incident didn’t go unnoticed by “Saturday Night Live,” which made a jest about the situation during the “Weekend Update” segment. The comedy show referenced Meghan Markle’s rumored strained relationship with Middleton in a satirical manner, alluding to a hypothetical offer of a finger from Meghan for the photo. Additionally, the timing of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s release of their Christmas card, featuring a formal e-card with a picture from the Invictus Games, coinciding with William and Kate’s photo, stirred speculation.
Some individuals on social media platforms, particularly on X (formerly Twitter), speculated whether the timing of the Sussexes’ Christmas card was a deliberate attempt to outshine or rival the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Rumors intensified when Kate posted a throwback photo from her childhood in 1983, with some interpreting it as a subtle jab at Meghan, alluding to previous contentions between them outlined in Omid Scobie’s book “Endgame.”
Scobie’s book highlighted strained relations between Kate and Meghan, suggesting Kate’s lack of interest in establishing a bond with her sister-in-law and purportedly mocking Meghan. The book also mentioned allegations that concerned Prince Charles and Kate about comments regarding Prince Archie’s skin color during Meghan’s pregnancy. This situation allegedly led to Kate reaching out to Meghan to resolve any misunderstandings, initiated at the behest of Prince Charles, aiming to reconcile the differences between the two royal women.