A fan-created photo of Princess Diana and Princess Charlotte together at the 3-month-old's christening last month has gone viral. This is the second photoshopped image of the deceased royal that has garnered serious attention on the Internet in recent years .
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) August 19, 2015
E! Online reports that the image was created by an American woman named Lori Eastwood. The photoshopped picture shows Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, holding her daughter while her husband Prince William's late mother leans over her in adoration. The site claims the original photo of Diana, who was tragically killed in 1997, was taken two months before the car accident that claimed her life. In the original picture the late Princess of Wales could be seen bowing before Mother Teresa.
The photoshopped picture of the royal family was first shared on Facebook Aug. 4 by Mary Kohnke, an American woman from Wisconsin. Kohnke was so impressed by the photoshop job that she asked her friends on the social media site to help "make this go viral!" Just over two weeks later, the image has been shared more than 250,000 times and garnered over 31,000 likes.
Newsweek imagines a 50-year-old Diana with her admiring daughter-in-law Kate http://t.co/bswgtszLVV
— Jordana Springgay (@CTVJordana) July 18, 2013
In June 2011 a photoshopped image of Princess Diana alongside the Duchess was chosen as the cover of Newsweek magazine. The picture, which was created by Tina Brown, was meant to imagine what Diana would look like at age 50, had she been alive. Using the image-altering software she gave the beloved royal an updated look outfitting her in J. Crew and other modern accessories. Inside the publication's glossy pages, Brown went beyond modernizing her appearance and imagined what life would be like for Princess Diana given the publicity her family gained after her eldest son, Prince William, married Kate.
"The rising public adoration of Kate would have afforded Diana some tricky moments. Pleased, yes. But, like Frances Shand Kydd--who, days before Diana's wedding, suddenly burst out, 'I have good long legs, like my daughter'--Diana would have had to adjust to a broadening of the limelight," she wrote.
Although Diana is not around to witness Princess Charlotte grow up, Prince William and Kate have gone out of their way to ensure their daughter maintains a connection to her late grandmother. Days after her May 2 birth, it was revealed that the royal couple had decided to honor Diana by choosing her first name as one of Charlotte's two middle names. Months later it was reported that the child would be christened in the same location Princess Diana had been many years prior. Lastly, according to Telegraph, Prelude on Rhosymedre by Vaughan Williams was played during the ceremony. The song, which was also played during William and Kate's wedding, was originally featured in Princess Diana and Prince Charles' wedding in 1981.