Meghan’s face appears significantly more in focus than that of Prince Harry
This is despite the couple both being roughly the same distance behind Archie
Research by MailOnline’s picture desk flattened out shadows on Meghan’s face
The Duchess of Sussex’s face has been Photoshopped onto the family’s Christmas card, photography experts and social media users claimed today.
Meghan’s face appears significantly more in focus than that of Prince Harry in the picture, despite them both being roughly the same distance behind Archie.
The black and white festive image shows Harry and Meghan sitting by a Christmas tree smiling as the seven-month-old gazes into the camera in the foreground.
Meghan’s face appears significantly more in focus than that of Prince Harry in the Christmas picture, despite them both being roughly the same distance behind Archie
Research by MailOnline’s picture desk, which flattened out the shadows on Meghan’s face, also appears to show it was clearly later added onto her body.ADVERTISING
One possible reason is that the image of her face was taken in another similar photograph in the same shoot, and then added onto the picture they released.
Max Cisotti, a photographer since 1991 who has owned various celebrity selling agencies, told MailOnline: ‘Something’s not right. It’s all to do with focal plane.
‘Harry and Meghan are parallel, so if one is in focus, the other would be. They are side by side – it’s not like he’s further forward.
Research by MailOnline’s picture desk, which flattened out the shadows on Meghan’s face, appears to show it was clearly later added onto her body
‘Her face (might have) been Photoshopped from another picture onto that. There are two lights on the baby’s face – in his left pupil there are two white reflections.
‘Then we look at the shadow on Meghan. Her left, you can’t really see the hairline and all that. All you can see is her face. So one of two things has potentially happened.
‘One, they deliberately out-of-focused everything, and then have just gone in and enhanced the detail just on her face – which would seem peculiar.
‘I would suggest her face has been Photoshopped from another picture, otherwise it would be out of focus. They are so far behind, everything else is out of focus.
‘So her face has either been superimposed or enhanced considerably. You cannot change the laws of physics, no matter who you are.’
The card was not officially released through any official royal channels, and first appeared on an unverified Twitter account called The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
Initially shared as a moving Gif image, with the lights on the tree twinkling, the account said: ‘Just sharing the sweetest Christmas Card from our President and Vice-President, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Very Merry Christmas, everyone!’
It is believed that copies of the image, taken by the couple’s friend Janina Gavankar, were emailed to friends and staff on Monday and hard copies sent to family.
Social media was abuzz overnight with people discussing whether the photo had been edited, with one saying: ‘Check out Meghan’s face, it is Photoshopped. Her face is clear and everything else is blurred. Archie’s is also photo shopped.’
Another tweeted: ‘This is quite possibly the worst Photoshopped picture I have ever seen. And again with the black and white.’
A spokesman for the Sussexes has confirmed the card’s authenticity. Harry and Meghan are currently spending a six-week break over the festive period in Canada.
The duchess, a former actress, lived and worked in Toronto during her time starring in the popular US drama Suits.
Harry, Meghan and Archie in Cape Town on September 25 during their tour of South Africa
The couple were famously pictured together when Meghan joined her then-boyfriend Harry at the 2017 Invictus Games in the Canadian city.
The Sussexes are likely to have spent the US Thanksgiving celebrations, which this year fell on November 28, with the duchess’ mother Gloria Ragland.
It is already been revealed they will not be joining the Queen and other members of the Royal Family at Sandringham on Christmas Day, as they are taking a break.
The Queen is said to be supportive of the Sussexes’ plans and it follows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s past decision to spend Christmas with Kate’s parents.
Who is Janina Gavankar? Meghan’s friend took Christmas card photo
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were pictured on a Christmas card with baby son Archie.
The black-and-white snap, described as ‘adorable’ online, shows the smiling royals in the background seated by a Christmas tree while seven-month-old Archie takes centre stage in the fore.
The picture was taken by Meghan’s friend Janina Gavankar.
The Duchess of Sussex is pictured with her friend Janina Gavankar, who took the photo
Gavankar, 39, is an American actress of Indian heritage who is best known for her TV roles.
She played a lesbian in one season of drama The L Word, a shapeshifter in fantasy horror series True Blood and a security agent on supernatural drama Sleepy Hollow.
Gavankar is currently appearing in Apple TV+ drama The Morning Show
Gavankar is currently appearing in Apple TV+ drama The Morning Show alongside Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.
Her film roles include 2014 rom-com Think Like A Man Too, starring Kevin Hart, Regina Hall and Taraji P Henson.
As well as her acting career, Gavankar is also a musician and was part of an all-female singing group called Endera.
Gavankar is also a fan of video games and has lent her voice to several, including shooter Far Cry 4 and Star Wars Battlefront II.
In her Twitter bio she describes herself as ‘actor. musician. geek.’
Gavankar, who has been friends with Meghan for more than 15 years, attended the 2018 Royal Wedding and said she did not announce her invite before being pictured arriving at Windsor Castle.
She told Town & Country magazine: ‘In the end, this was a wedding, an actual wedding, between two people, who are real people that fell in love.
Gavankar is an American actress of Indian heritage who is best known for her TV roles
‘And people who know them know that this is a private moment that was not allowed to be private.
‘It wasn’t a priority for me to have my publicist announce I was going. My priority will always be my friend. I’m not there for you, I’m there for her.’
Speaking in May last year, she also said she hoped the couple would get ‘as much privacy as possible’.
She added: ‘As much as the world will allow them, I hope for more. Truly.’
Gavankar was one of the lucky wedding guests invited to the after party and listened to Harry’s speech.
She said: ‘The speech that Harry gave was so funny, self-deprecating, filled with love, and that guy just has her back. I left feeling so solid for them.
‘I walked away feeling so confident that these two will put their combined power into the world for good. They did it apart. They’ve done it apart their entire lives. Imagine what they can do together.’
Source: DAILYMAIL ONLINE