Though Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is known for her poise, elegance, and politeness, her cousin Katrina Darling is better known for taking her clothes off, a trend she will continue in an upcoming issue of Playboy.
The 21-year-old cousin to Princess Middleton has been contacted by the American adult magazine with an offer to pose nude on the cover, and the racy burlesque dancer has accepted that offer. Along with the cover, Darling will be featured in an eight-page spread for the September issue of Playboy, which hits stands at the end of August, according to Daily Mail.
Darling is Middleton’s second cousin, but was apparently completely unaware of the relation until she was informed by the media, reports Yahoo News.
She left her day job at Barclay’s Bank in order to pursue her dream of being an exotic dancer in London. Now a full-time burlesque dancer, she performs a raunchy routine titled “God Save The Queen” in which she often strips down to her birthday suit. She also wears a tiny crown and a skirt sporting the colors of the British flag.
She’s gotten plenty of negative attention for the act and her career following the revelation that she is related to royalty, reports Fox. “I’ve been called God knows what in God knows how many languages. I try not to take the negative attention as a personal attack, I try not to pay attention. I try not try read the press too much, so I don’t know what they’re saying about me,” she said.
When pressed about potentially shacking up with Prince William’s brother, Prince Harry, Darling diplomatically insisted that he isn’t her type. “I’m sure Prince Harry is an adorable guy, but I am a taken woman and Eton College men are not my cup of tea — too prestigious,” she explained. “I like my men rough around the edges!”
Kate and Katrina have never met.
Here are some pictures of Kate Middleton’s cousin, dressed for her act, as well as a video of one of her performances. WARNING: All that follows is NSFW.