Gavankar, an actress who currently stars on The Morning Show alongside Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, is credited with photographing Meghan, husband Prince Harry and their 7-month-old son, Archie. While many fans were charmed by the intimate family photo, England’s Daily Mail newspaper devoted its coverage to speculation that the e-card had been digitally altered. (The Mail’s publishers are currently embroiled in a lawsuit filed by Prince Harry over its publication of a private letter written by Meghan Markle’s estranged father, Thomas Markle.)
The Mail article included tweets — including one commenter whose feed is filled with conspiracy theories that Meghan is purposely Photoshopping her baby’s appearance to protect his identity — bashing the photo and the royals.
While the couple — who have recently spoken out about the barrage of hurtful media attention they’ve received — is enjoying a quiet Christmas break in Canada, Gavankar took a moment to come to their defense. According to her, it’s the Mail who has tweaked the image.
“So proud to have taken the Christmas photo for one of my best friends and her family,” the actress, whose acting credits include The L Word and True Blood, wrote on Instagram. “Here’s the original that was sent out (cropped to fit IG) ... and to the Mail, I see your campaign against my friend continues. Nice Photoshop of my non-Photoshopped image. Now may we all get back to the spirit of Christmas and not the spirit of maliciousness.”
Meanwhile, a “photo kill” has been issued to the media, advising that versions of the image shared by the Mail and other outlets is not representative of the actual card.
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