PRINCE EDWARD once made a harsh decision about Prince William at his own wedding to Sophie Wessex, according to an unearthed report.
Edward and his wife Sophie are believed to be upping their royal engagements to assist Prince William and Kate Middleton on the royal frontline after Megxit. As the Queen’s youngest child, Edward is one of the lesser known members of the Royal Family but will one day inherit Prince Philip’s title of the Duke of Edinburgh. However, he has been criticised over the years for his approach towards royal duties.
In 2001, he came to blows with Prince Charles after violating the media agreement not to film William while at university.
He also altered photographs of William when the young royal attended Edward’s wedding to Sophie in 1999.
The BBC reported at the time: “The photographer who took the official family photo at Prince Edward and Sophie’s wedding has said one of the pictures was digitally altered because Prince William did not look happy enough.”
Sir Geoffrey Shakerley took the photographs on the day.
Prince William and Prince Edward (Image: Getty)
Sophie and Edward married June 19, 1999 (Image: Getty)
He said Edward thought William “was not looking his best”, so the royal’s face was altered to replace it with another shot where he was smiling.
The photographer told ITN News: “Prince Edward said he didn’t think Prince William looked absolutely his best, so digitally we were able to put in another picture of Prince William from one of the other shots where he is smiling and laughing.”
Vikram Dodd wrote in The Guardian the following day that William had an “apparent scowl” and was notoriously camera-shy at the time.
Sir Geoffrey’s assistant Robert Simpson claimed that William had also been “jubilant” throughout the rest of the day, but glanced down just before the photograph was taken.
Royal wedding: The photographer later admitted he had altered William’s face in photographs (Image: Getty)
He explained: “It is not a matter of course to digitally manipulate photographs and transpose one head for another.
“It was just a spur of the moment decision by Sir Geoffrey.”
William was not the only member of the Royal Family who was altered to look better in photographs.
Sir Geoffrey explained that he had a special trick to make some of the slightly smaller guests look taller in stature.
Sophie and Edward are said to be stepping up their royal duties to help William and his wife Kate (Image: Getty)
Sophie and Edward will be supporting the Cambridges in their duties following Megxit (Image: Getty)
He said that the Queen’s cousin — and his brother-in-law — Lord Lichfield once advised him: “Whatever you do take telephone books.”
Yet Sir Geoffrey told ITN News: “We didn’t take enough [on Edward’s wedding day].
“We took 10 huge Yellow Pages and that caused a certain amount of merriment — everybody standing on Yellow Pages.”
The photographer also said that “everybody was very euphoric, very happy and there was a lot of chat and banter going on” on the special day.
Sophie, he emphasised, was “incredibly relaxed” and needed “very, very little encouragement or direction from me” for the official photographs.
William was “furious” when Edward filmed him at university in 2001 (Image: Getty)
While William’s reaction to this move from Edward is not known, the second-in-line to the throne was furious when the Earl of Wessex overstepped the mark with his use of media again in 2001.
Edward wanted to help his production company, Ardent, when it was at risk of going under.
However, by filming his nephew in Scotland, Edward violated Buckingham Palace’s agreement with the media, which stated that William would be left alone while he was studying at the University of St Andrew’s.
A year later, Edward had to step away from his working life and commit to his royal duties.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK