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Unrecognizable Kate Middleton Magazine Portrait Sparks Backlash as Princess of Wales Battles Cancer

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Kate, Princess of Wales' portrait on the front cover of 'Tatler,' July 2024.

May 22 2024, Published 1:51 p.m. ET

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Kate, Princess of Wales, is the subject of yet another controversial image this year — this time appearing as a portrait on the front cover of the July 2024 issue of Tatler.

The composite set off a wave of backlash from the future queen's fans online, with one writing on X: "Doesn’t look like Catherine at all. If she wasn’t wearing that dress, I’d have no clue as to who it’s meant to be."

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The Princess of Wales at the South African State Banquet, Buckingham Palace, November 22, 2022.

Her Royal Highness' portrait was created in recognition of her "strength and courage." The work, created by British-Zambian artist Hannah Uzor, draws inspiration from Kate's March 22 video message to the nation following her cancer diagnosis. The painting portrays the princess during the King's first state banquet in 2022, held during the South African presidential visit.

She is depicted standing confidently in an elegant, floor-length white Jenny Packham evening gown adorned with sparkling shoulder details, complemented by her signature Lover's Knot Tiara, which was famously worn by her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales.

The comments section underneath the post was filled with numerous negative insights when compared to positive remarks. "If it’s a portrait of Catherine, shouldn’t it at least have looked like her?" one person stated. Another shared: "Are you kidding me?" while yet another quipped: "Oh heck, I know art is subjective, but it looks nothing like the Princess of Wales."

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Kate, Princess of Wales, and her three children in the controversial Mother's Day image of 2024.

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When asked by the publication if the future Queen Consort's cancer battle factored into her artistry, Uzor responded: "Without a doubt. All my portraits are made up of layers of a personality, constructed from everything I can find about them." The painter added that Kate's video depicted "a moment of dealing with something difficult, speaking from the heart, having the courage to tackle it head-on."

She continued: "She has really risen up to her role — she was born for this. She carries herself with such dignity, elegance and grace."

This follows a U.K. Mother's Day image Kate released that initiated a huge scandal due to its being "obviously heavily edited," in which HRH issued a public apology. As part of the "Where's Kate?" online hashtag of conspiracies in the early part of the year, the doctored pic led to the princess releasing her clip discussing her struggles with cancer. One royal insider said this was her way to "silence the madness" of the "smear campaigns."

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Jonathan Yeo's controversial portrait of King Charles III, his first as monarch, was unveiled by the sovereign himself at Buckingham Palace on May 14, 2024.

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As RadarOnline previously reported, King Charles III's first portrait as monarch was also recently released and heavily panned by both critics and the general public. The progressive work depicted the King in rich, ruby red backgrounds and hues that led many online royal followers to compare it to "bloodshed."

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The Princess of Wales has not completed a royal engagement since Christmas Day 2023.

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Daily Mirror reported on Uzor's remarks.

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