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    “Is This A Joke?”: Kate Middleton’s “Disappointing” Portrait Sends Internet Into Frenzy

    The portraits of royal family members are making quite the wave both on social media and the news these days. Just a  few days back, a portrait of King Charles covered in red hues drew ample criticism from the masses. Topping that is a brand new portrait of Princess Kate Middleton, which is also being harshly slammed by fans on social media.

    The new portrait of the princess has sparked a flurry of reactions from royal fans after it was unveiled on Wednesday. Painted by British-Zambian artist Hannah Uzor, the portrait has been printed in Tatler magazine’s July 2024 issue as part of a series featuring the royal family. Here’s why fans are disappointed at the art piece.

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    Kate Middleton’s New Portrait Leaves Internet In Splits

    Kate Middleton
    Kate Middleton

    Kate Middleton’s brand new portrait is allegedly not doing justice to her beauty, if the internet is to be believed. Hannah Uzo, the artist behind the art piece has taken inspiration from the Princess of Wales’ outfit at a November 2022 state banquet— the first under King Charles’ reign.

    For the event, Middleton has worn a white floor-length gown with crystal-covered shoulders and billowing sleeves. The look was further enhanced with the Lover’s Knot tiara, Princess Diana’s South Sea pearl-and-diamond drop earrings, and Queen Elizabeth’s pearl bracelet. The outfit was given a finishing touch with a crossbody blue sash and a yellow pin. All these parts of Princess Kate’s outfit have been perfectly included in Uzor’s portrait.

    However, it’s the face that is not sitting well with the fans, with many pointing out that it has failed to capture the essence of Princess Kate’s beauty. The princess did not herself sit for the portrait because of her ongoing battle with cancer. However, the painter has claimed to have covered Middleton’s likeness meticulously

    I spent a lot of time looking at her, looking at her pictures, watching videos of her, seeing her with her family, seeing her in diplomatic visits, seeing her when she’s rowing or visiting children in hospice,” Uzor explained in a video posted to Tatler’s Instagram. “It’s been really interesting for me to get a sense of who she is,” she said.

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    “Our POW Is Far More Beautiful”: Netizens are Disappointed At Kate Middleton’s Portrait

    Kate Middleton and Prince William
    Kate Middleton and Prince William

    However, Kate Middleton’s fans do not seem to agree with the painter Hannah Uzor. Many have expressed contrasting opinions with one user noting, “Disappointing portrait … our POW is far more beautiful.” Another user agreed, “A very poor portrait which totally fails to represent the beauty and elegance of the Princess of Wales.”

    A third critic added, “What a horrible portrait for a beautiful Woman.” Some also questioned if the image was a joke, stating, “This does not look like the PoW at all. I thought it was a joke at first.”

    However, the portrait also found its supporters. “This is stunning. These comments are wild. The energy captured is exquisite,” a user wrote, defending the work. Another user simply remarked, “So Beautiful.”

    This controversy comes right after Jonathan Yeo’s painting of King Charles III, the monarch’s first official portrait, was scrutinized for its intense red background and overall tone. Many contended that the red hues of the painting made the king appear as if he were in “hell.” Yeo defended his choice, explaining that the bright color was meant to “distract” from the king’s already vibrant red uniform.

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    Aishwarya is a Senior Sub-Editor at First Curiosity. Working as a news writer for over 3 years, she has written on an array of things for a couple of media houses in different capacities. With writing as her outlet, she is now exploring the world of art and glamour. Her love for films and writing stems from her fondness for words and all things artsy. An avid reader and writer alike, Aishwarya likes to delve into any and all forms of art.

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