Duchess of Cambridge's burlesque-dancing cousin brings her striptease act to New York
The Duchess of Cambridge's buxom burlesque dancer cousin is bringing her raunchy routine to the U.S.
Katrina Darling, the self-proclaimed 'Royal family's closest brush with soft porn', will be performing her scantily-clad, X-rated show in SoHo.
The dancer, who is a Barclays banker by day, is Catherine and Pippa's second cousin once removed, as her grandmother and the Middleton sisters' great-grandmother, Lily, were sisters.
Racy royal: Katrina Darling, 21, is a second cousin of the Duchess of Cambridge. She will perform her burlesque act in New York in March
The 21-year-old tassel twirling dancer,
who has sported flame red, peroxide blonde, sugar pink and sophisticated black
hair-dos so far in her career, will bring her racy God Save the Queen
show to WIP club.
The Sunderland local told the New York Post that she is ready to 'push the envelope' with her striptease routine on March 13.
'New York is a lot more out there than the UK scene,' she said.
Retro risque: The Sunderland local will deliver her God Save the Queen act to SoHo's WIP club
'London sticks more to the traditional burlesque side of things, whereas New York really pushes the envelope.'
What would she say The royal family have made no comment on Ms Darling's sideline job
She told the newspaper that she is unafraid to strip in front of a crowd, but is careful not to take her act too far. 'I take my clothes off, but I don’t give away anything that should be kept for someone else.'
Though she has never met the Middleton sisters, Ms Darling has appeared on a U.S. TV documentary dedicated to Pippa.
as a family insider and part of the 'inner circle' of Middletons, Ms
Darling was completely unaware that she was related to Prince William's
until contacted by producers.
royal family have not commented on her raunchy act – despite its
suggestive name – and the Post said a 'giggling royal rep' had no word to add.
But the distant cousin to the world's
most famous sisters said she would be more than willing to welcome the royal
family to her performance.
'I’d be happy for them to, but if they don’t, it’s not the end of the world.'
Beach bunny: 'It's only a bit of fun' Ms Darling said of her sideline job. Her Barclays banking work supports her dancing
said last year that she 'expect[s] Kate would be really surprised at
what I do', and admitted that the sisters would not recognise her if
they saw her on TV.
Burlesque is a far cry from the official duties the Duchess of Cambridge now fills
her schedule with – and a rather different kind of dancing to the kind the
Middleton family's party kits business caters to.
Long-lost cousin: Though she has never met the sisters, Ms Darling has appeared on a U.S. TV documentary dedicated to Pippa Middleton
‘But I enjoy it,' she said of her
risque routine. 'It’s only a bit of fun. I don’t suppose I’ll ever meet
[Catherine], but I’m very happy for her.’
She told the newspaper that her private wealth management work team has no problems with with her glamorous side-line.
'Everybody is really supportive. The English know how to laugh at themselves a bit more.'