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

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.


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.


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