BBC Grovels Over Royal Tantrum

Apologizes for editing clips to make it appear Queen stormed out of photo shoot
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2007 4:34 AM CDT
This undated image provided by the British Broadcasting Corp., from the television program "A Year with the Queen" shows Britain's Queen Elizabeth II after America's most famous celebrity photographer...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – 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." (Read more Queen Elizabeth stories.)