BBC apologises for Prince William ‘penis’ graffiti

Some BBC1 viewers caught a fleeting glimpse of a defaced picture of the Duke of Cambridge on this morning's edition of Breakfast

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BBC1’s Breakfast show made a right royal cock-up this morning as it inadvertantly broadcast a picture of Prince William featuring some rather lewd graffiti.

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The image was part of a video promo for I Could Have Married Kate, a comedy song about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge performed by accapela group Barbershopera.

Viewer Anthony Walton made a screengrab of the gaffe and shared it on Twitter, saying “Guessing BBC Breakfast didn’t vet the video clip before they used it this morning.”

A number of other Twitter users also spotted the mistake, with Dave Yates remarking “Dear BBC Breakfast. The trail for ‘Barbershopera’ just showed a cartoon drawing of a penis on Prince William’s head. Please be more careful.”

A BBC statement in response to the error said: “This image was shown fleetingly within a comedy promotional video for Barbershopera, a humorous barbershop group, who were appearing later on in the programme.

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“The material was provided by Barbershopera but we failed to spot the offending material within it. We apologise for this.”