Revealed: Kate's cousin Katrina Darling's raunchy pose for Playboy cover
06:56 GMT, 16 August 2012
Posing seductively in suspenders and black lingerie, this is Kate Middleton's cousin, Katrina Darling, on the front cover of Playboy magazine.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that the dancer was paid a six-figure sum to strip off for the adult publication. And now we can reveal the magazine are keen to emphasis Katrina's royal connection on their September magazine cover.
While Katrina has never met Kate, she's called a 'royal beauty' and 'Britain's new burlesque queen' on the front page.
Cover girl: Katrina Darling poses in black lingerie on the front page of Playboy's September edition
The 22-year-old's hair falls around
her shoulders in a 'Chelsea blow-dry' style for the cover picture so her
long brown locks look similar to the Duchess' famous curls. Her smokey eye make-up is also reminiscent of Kate – who often wears dark eyeliner.
The provocative performer, who is originally from Sunderland, appears in an eight page spread in the magazine, including striking a sultry pose as she lies topless on a sheepskin rug.
Miss Darling gained notoriety before last year’s Royal Wedding after her links to Kate were revealed.
Cashing in on her royal connection: Kate's cousin has been paid a six-figure sum to strip off for the magazine
The pair are second cousins, once removed, with Miss Darling’s grandmother being sister to the duchess’s great grandfather Thomas Harrison.
Miss Darling, who has never made any
attempt to contact the Middletons, insisted that she had been a
burlesque dancer for years and the recent success and attention is just a
But that didn't stop her choreographing a burlesque routine to mark the Jubilee, titled God Save the Queen – which she performed earlier this year at Whiskey Mist nightclub.
At the start of the act, Miss Darling
donned a figure hugging red corset teamed with a union jack skirt and
small crown perched on her head. But as the anthem got going she
stripped off completely, revealing bright red nipple tassels and a
Family resemblance: Katrina has long brown wavy hair and favours smokey eye make-up like her cousin Kate, left, but their dress sense is vastly different
Until earlier this year, the dancer spent her days as a banker at Barclays, where she never hid her late night escapades.
She claimed the team who worked
alongside her in the private wealth management division treated her
hobby as a source of amusement.
Speaking in March, she said: 'Everybody is really supportive. They think it's a bit of fun.'
The dancer has since decided to take her act to New York to cash in on her newfound fame and the royal connection.
Katrina Darling's burlesque act includes a 'God Save the Queen' routine