Prince George
The cover image on Us Weekly shows the Prince with distinctly lighter hair and eyes.Us Weekly

Us Weekly has come under fire for allegedly airbrushing Prince George on the cover of the magazine's latest issue.

The image, taken during the royal family's visit to a zoo during the Duke and Duchesses royal tour of Australia and New Zealand, shows the young Prince in a blue and white striped shirt and blue shorts, being cradled in his mother's arms.

The apparently 'doctored' cover photo shows the nine-month-old with rosy cheeks and greener eyes, with his eyebrows and hair displaying a strawberry blonde tinge.

The image contrasts with the same photo which is featured in the magazine, where the baby prince has noticeably darker brown eyes and paler cheeks.

In the original photo, which was taken on the Prince and Duchess's trip to Australia, George looks more like his mother with her dark features, while the Us Weekly cover image seems to demonstrate a closer resemblance to Prince William.

Prince George
The original image of the Prince shows him with darker hair and eyes.POOL

Fans of the Royal Family have taken to Twitter to voice their dismay at why anyone would feel the need to Photoshop a baby. "Utterly weirded out by Us Weekly's Photoshopping of Baby George," wrote one person. "Why would they do this? Baffled."

Another said: "You know magazine airbrushing has gone too far when they airbrush a baby."

Fans of the Royal Family have taken to Twitter to voice their confusion at why anyone would feel the need to Photoshop a baby.

The 19-day Royal tour came to an end today (25 April) as William and Kate left Canberra with George.

The family boarded a plane to Sydney at 2.30pm before boarding a flight back to England.