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Royal baby drama: Magazine denies giving Prince George a Photoshop makeover

April 25, 2014 at 3:34 PM ET

Video: Little Prince George remains a media darling, but after accusations that his image was digitally touched up on a popular magazine’s cover, people are asking where the line should be drawn on altered celebrity photos. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports.

Apparently even Prince George isn’t immune to media controversy. 

Us Weekly is being accused of giving the 9-month-old royal some Photoshop touch-ups for its cover, but the magazine denies it did anything out of the ordinary.

The New York Post's Page Six gossip column pointed its fingers at Us Weekly, charging the magazine had enhanced George’s eyes, added color to his cheeks and adjusted the color of his hair and eyebrows in a photo of the babe during the royal family's visit to Australia.

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Us Weekly hit back at the report on Friday, telling TODAY that the original image needed standard color adjustments in order to be printed, and that nothing was done to aesthetically alter the little prince.

“The original image used for the Prince George cover was dark and bluish in tone and needed to be given an overall color shift for printing purposes,” a representative for the magazine told TODAY. “By no means did we go in and alter the color of his eyes or cheeks in this process.”

The magazine also noted that the colors on a cover can also vary depending on where the issues are printed, and that there is often color variation among the same covers printed by different plants.

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