The Internet went nuts in the wee hours of Saturday morning when a Twitter account shared what was purported to be a baby photo of the infant son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
A Twitter account with the handle “sussexroyal” — which is dubbed “The official Twitter account of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex” and has more than 13,000 followers — shared a photo of an adorable baby, along with the caption, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex hope everyone enjoys these new photo of Archie as much as they do.”
There was one big problem with the photo, however: it’s not actually the son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and it didn’t take long for people to figure out both the Twitter account and the photo were completely bogus.
While Kensington Palace has yet to make an official statement about the fake pic, The Express reports that a palace spokesperson confirms that’s not Archie in the photo.
Internet sleuths quickly figured out where the faux photo originated, revealing the photo had first been shared on Instagram two weeks earlier by German fitness instructor Bella Kraus, who posted the photo of her newborn son, Maddox Nino.
Contacted by The Sun for comment, Kraus was not impressed to learn that the sweet photo of her son had been used to perpetrate the royal hoax.
“What an insolent behaviour,” she told the newspaper.
Meanwhile, ET Canada has confirmed reports that the Duke and Duchess have hired a nanny, who will reportedly not be living with the couple at Frogmore Cottage, and will work on weekends.