this portrait of Kate Middleton attracts the wrath of the British

this portrait of Kate Middleton attracts the wrath of the British
this portrait of Kate Middleton attracts the wrath of the British

The cover of the next issue of Tatler magazine, a painting of Prince William’s wife, has sparked controversy in the United Kingdom.

By revealing the cover of its July issue on Thursday, May 23, a painting with the likeness of Kate Middleton, the British magazine Tatler triggered a resounding controversy across the Channel. Because this portrait, supposed to pay tribute to the Princess of Wales while she fights against cancer, is rather perceived as a failure by Internet users… and certain art critics.

“The Princess of Wales: a portrait of strength and dignity”, headlines the monthly to accompany this painting representing the princess, inspired by her outfit during her first royal banquet in March 2022.

A quick glance at the Instagram comments gives an idea of ​​the general sentiment: “Why did you post this portrait that looks nothing like the princess?” asks a user. “Since when has she been Asian?”, quips another. “Tatler has just destroyed the painter’s reputation,” declared a third.

“Representing the soul of Kate Middleton”

The latter, a British-Zambian artist named Hannah Huzor, has not yet reacted. In a video published by Tatler before the controversy broke out, she recounts the genesis of this portrait – for which Kate Middleton did not pose – suggesting that creating an exact replica of the princess’s face was not her plan. objective:

“I wanted to represent the soul of Kate Middleton,” she explains. “I spent a lot of time looking at her, looking at photos, videos of her.”

If the result of this methodology has not convinced the public, it also leaves some professionals perplexed. Notably Alastair Sooke, art critic for the Daily Telegraph:

“Tatler’s portrayal of the Princess of Wales is so bad it’s intolerable,” he lamented in an article.

“Do we remember ever having seen a flatter and duller royal portrait?”, he develops in his murderous criticism. “Under a layer of immovable, monotonous brown hair, worthy of Lego helmets, the Princess of Wales has as much charisma as a nerdy figurine perched on a wedding cake.”

He added: “She stands with the same bored look as a flight attendant ready to start a safety demonstration.”

Kate Mansey, journalist specializing in the royal family for The Times of London, was circumspect on X (ex-Twitter): “I’m not sure what to say about this (portrait), other than ‘ uh…'”

Prolonged absence

Princess Kate, wife of Prince William, revealed on March 22 in a video that she had cancer. She did not specify the nature and declared that she had started preventive chemotherapy.

This week, Kensington Palace said in a statement that “The Princess is not expected to return to work until her medical team has given approval.”

This controversial painting follows the new official portrait of King Charles III, unveiled last May, which was also heavily criticized. The Guardian, in particular, described this painting by Jonathan Yeo as “a bland, carelessly executed banality.” Also suffering from cancer for which he is undergoing treatment, the 75-year-old monarch obtained the green light from his doctors to resume his public engagements in April.

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