Fans Enraged Over Kate Middleton’s Latest Portrait

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Royal enthusiasts are incensed at a new photo of the Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton. British-Zambian artist Hannah Uzor created the artwork that was featured on the cover of Tatler magazine’s July issue. This comes after the conflicting responses to the painting of King Charles III that was exhibited at Buckingham Palace only last week.

The contentious piece of art depicts Catherine wearing a white gown, a blue ribbon, a yellow brooch, and an elaborate tiara. Fans are not happy that the portrait’s inspiration seems to come from a few of her previous appearances.

Artist Hannah Uzor defended her creations and described how she was able to capture the spirit of the Princess. “It’s really important to capture the soul of the person,” she said in a video posted by Tatler. “I’ve spent a lot of time looking at her pictures, watching videos, seeing her with her family, and in various public engagements.”

“The process for painting this portrait, apart from studying the photographs and the videos, is actually coming up with a sketch. So once I’m happy with a sketch and I’ve done a series of sketches in my sketchbook, particularly looking at her expression was really key and so I’ve done several sketches trying to capture her expression and once I’m happy with that I can then proceed to figure out what she’s going to wear.”

Shortly after the publication of the magazine cover, social media erupted in criticism. “This looks nothing like the Princess of Wales. It’s so awful, it’s disrespectful,” one user tweeted. Another fan commented, “Doesn’t look like Catherine at all. If she wasn’t wearing that dress, I’d have no clue who it’s meant to be.”

The painting was harshly criticized, with some calling it a “bad GCSE project” and raising doubts about the artist’s motivations. A particularly scathing post said, “Are you kidding me? What is that rubbish of a painting? Hope you won’t sell any of those trash copies … you must be joking!”

Even with Uzor’s commitment, many people are not convinced. “This picture is atrocious,” said someone another, expressing the general opinion.

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