BBC television has offered a groveling apology to Queen Elizabeth for making it appear she threw a royal tantrum with celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz, the Guardian reports. Producers edited video clips—implying the Queen stormed out of a photo shoot—to promote a documentary. She was actually hurrying to the shoot. The clip was aired worldwide.
"The actual sequence of events was misrepresented," an embarrassed BBC spokesman admitted. It's one of the most humiliating incidents in the history of the BBC's sometimes stormy relations with the Palace. Britain's tabloids—no strangers to misrepresentation —ridiculed the broadcaster in headlines like "Beeb's Right Royal Howler."