Kate Middleton's new portrait has divided the internet

Royal fans aren't convinced

Britain's Catherine, Princess of Wales attends a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London on November 22, 2022, at the start of the President's of South Africa's two-day state visit. King Charles III hosted his first state visit as monarch on Tuesday, welcoming South Africa's President to Buckingham Palace.
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Kate Middleton has a brand new portrait, but not everyone is loving the image.

Tatler magazine just unveiled the cover for its upcoming issue, out 30 May, on Instagram — and it's a portrait of the Princess of Wales in the outfit she wore to a state banquet in November 2022. It was painted by artist Hannah Uzor.

In the image, Kate is wearing the Lover's Knot tiara, and a majestic white gown with a cape by Jenny Packham, one of her favourite designers. She's also sporting the official blue sash and yellow ribbon that are part of her state banquet uniform.

Unfortunately, not all fans of Kate's were fans of the portrait, with many claiming they see no resemblance between the woman in the portrait and the Princess.

"This is not resembling her at all," wrote one person.

"it does not look like her," said someone else.

"It doesn’t look like her at all," added another.

Someone else weighed in: "I really respect the artist but I also dont see Catherine here"

Still, many others were big fans of the portrait, with one person commenting: "Love this so much" and others adding hearts, heart-eyes, and clapping emojis.

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In the caption, Tatler explained how the portrait came about.

"The Queen, the King and now, the Princess of Wales: Tatler's July 2024 cover completes a royal triptych of historic magnitude with a new portrait of Her Royal Highness by British-Zambian artist @HannahUzor," they wrote. "'She has really risen up to her role,' mother-of-three Uzor tells Helen Rosslyn, 'She was born for this. She carries herself with such dignity, elegance and grace.'"

This new portrait controversy comes just one week after a new portrait of King Charles was unveiled to great uproar. That painting was created by the artist Jonathan Yeo, and represented the King in red official garb, on a background made entirely from shades of red.

Like with Kate's portrait, royal fans were seriously divided over this image, with some praising the use of color and symbolism, and others downright mystified by the choices made.

Well, you know what they say about art: it's subjective...

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Iris Goldsztajn
Iris Goldsztajn is a celebrity and royal news writer for Marie Claire. As a London-based freelance journalist, she writes about wellness, relationships, pop culture, beauty and more for the likes of InStyle, Women's Health, Bustle, Stylist and Red. Aside from her quasi-personal investment in celebs' comings and goings, Iris is especially interested in debunking diet culture and destigmatising mental health struggles. Previously, she was the associate editor for Her Campus, where she oversaw the style and beauty news sections, as well as producing gift guides, personal essays and celebrity interviews. There, she worked remotely from Los Angeles, after returning from a three-month stint as an editorial intern for Cosmopolitan.com in New York. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, she interned at goop and C California Style and served as Her Campus' national style and LGBTQ+ editor. Iris was born and raised in France by a French father and an English mother. Her Spotify Wrapped is riddled with country music and One Direction, and she can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.