Donald Trump defends Kate Middleton over picture editing scandal: ‘Everybody doctors’

Former President Donald Trump shared his opinion on the controversy surrounding a doctored photo of Kate Middleton, saying the Princess of Wales just does what everyone else does.

“Well, that shouldn’t be a big deal, because everybody doctors,” Trump said in an interview with British politician Nigel Farage on GB News.

During the interview, Trump recalled his experiences when meeting “movie actors” and often wondering if it’s “the same person in the picture.”

“It was a very minor doctoring,” said Trump. “I don’t understand why there could be such a howl over that.”

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The former president also said the Princess of Wales appeared to be going through a “rough period” since her surgery. (Getty Images)

The photograph in question surfaced on Mother’s Day after the princess finally broke her silence after weeks of speculation regarding her health. The princess underwent planned abdominal surgery in January. She has seldom been seen in public since.

In the doctored photo, the 42-year-old is seen without her wedding ring. Many theorized that the picture was AI-generated or edited. Some speculated that it meant trouble in paradise for the royal couple.

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Hours after the photo was released by Kensington Palace, news wire services made a rare move to recall it. The Associated Press issued a “mandatory kill” order to news agencies, saying the picture appeared to have been “manipulated.”

Middleton took to social media the next day to explain that she had edited the photo herself.

Kate Middleton apologized for the photo and said she does “occasionally experiment with editing.” The Associated Press issued a “mandatory kill” order on the picture saying it was manipulated. (Getty Images/AP)

“Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing. I wanted to express my apologies for any confusion the family photograph was shared yesterday caused,” she wrote.

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“I hope everyone celebrating had a very happy Mother’s Day,” she added, signing off with “C” for Catherine.

“It’s a rough period, that — you know, they’re really going after her,” Trump said in his interview.

Kensington Palace previously announced that the Princess of Wales was not expected to return to public duties until sometime after Easter.

Fox News Digital’s Caroline Thayer and Elizabeth Stanton contributed to this report.

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