Credit: Us Weekly; Chris Jackson/Getty Images Photo: Us Weekly's Prince George Cover vs. the Original Photo

It's a given that magazines will do a little digital retouching to the celebrities gracing their covers — but re-touching the future British monarch when he's only nine months old might be a new low!

That's the buzz surrounding the cover of Us Weekly's May 5 issue after Page Six accused the magazine of airbrushing coverboy Prince George — the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton.

"[Us Weekly] enhanced gorgeous George with emerald green eyes, rosier cheeks, and stronger strawberry-blond-tinged hair and brows," claims Page Six. "The already adorable prince appears in multiple photos inside with darker brown eyes and paler cheeks."

A spokesperson at Us, however, stated that the only alteration done was in the brightness and color of the image. "The original image used for the Prince George cover was dark and bluish in tone and needed to be given an overall color shift for printing purposes. By no means did we go in and alter the color of his eyes or cheeks in this process."

That explanation seems reasonable enough to us, but what do you think?

Did Us Weekly do more than they're letting on? Or did they leave the Prince's eyes and cheeks alone? Does it even matter? Let us know in the comments section below!

Source: Page Six

Credit: NDN Photo: Prince George's Cover Controversy (VIDEO)
Dan Clarendon is an assistant editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!