‘Horrible’ portrait of Kate Middleton slammed by fans: ‘Is this a joke?’

A new portrait of Kate Middleton drew a mixed reaction from royal fans after its unveiling on Wednesday.

The controversial piece, painted by British-Zambian artist Hannah Uzor, was featured on Tatler magazine’s July 2024 cover as part of a series of portraits of the royal family.

Uzor appeared to take inspiration from the Princess of Wales’ outfit at a November 2022 state banquet — the first under King Charles’ reign.

Middleton, 42, wore a white floor-length gown with crystal-covered shoulders and billowing sleeves to the event.

Royal fans are outraged over a new portrait of Kate Middleton on Tatler magazine’s cover.
The portrait was seemingly based on an outfit she wore to a 2022 state banquet. Getty Images

She added even more sparkle with the Lover’s Knot tiara, Princess Diana’s South Sea pearl-and-diamond drop earrings and Queen Elizabeth’s pearl bracelet.

The mom of three completed the look with a crossbody blue sash and yellow pin, which was all depicted in Uzor’s portrait.

While Middleton, who is currently battling cancer, did not sit for the photo, Uzor sifted through thousands of photos to capture her likeness.

“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 said in a video posted to Tatler’s Instagram.

Middleton did not sit for the portrait. Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Shutterstock
Some fans called the depiction of the Princess of Wales “laughable.” Getty Images

“It’s been really interesting for me to get a sense of who she is,” the artist added.

While the outlet described the finished piece as a portrait of “strength, dignity and courage,” many of their Instagram followers used much different adjectives.

“Disappointing portrait … our POW is far more beautiful ..😟,” one user wrote, to which another agreed, “A very poor portrait which totally fails to represent the beauty and elegance of the Princess of Wales.”

“What a horrible portrait for a beautiful Woman,” a third added.

However, others defended artist Hannah Uzor’s work. POOL/AFP via Getty Images
The artist said she looked over thousands of images to capture the royal’s essence. POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Meanwhile, others called the image “laughable,” asking if the outlet was “joking.”

“This does not look like the PoW at all. I thought it was a joke at first,” someone else wrote.

“This isn’t great is it? Is this a spoof?” another asked.

However, there were others who were more supportive of the portrait.

Uzor looked at photos and videos of Middleton “with her family,” on “diplomatic visits,” “rowing” and “visiting children in hospice.” AP
Middleton has not commented on the new portrait. REUTERS

“This is stunning. These comments are wild. The energy captured is exquisite,” one shocked follower remarked.

“So Beautiful,” another user commented.

The uproar came just a week after another artist, Jonathan Yeo, faced criticism for his artistic portrayal of King Charles III.

The piece, which was Charles’ first official portrait as monarch, was heavily scrutinized for its intense red background and overall tone — which some thought looked like the royal was in “hell.”

King Charles III’s new portrait also caused controversy last week. Getty Images
Red was a dominant color used throughout the piece. Getty Images

However, Yeo later defended his work, saying he used the bright color to “distract” from the king’s already vibrant red uniform.

On his website, the artist also explained that he wanted to put “greater emphasis on capturing the character and essence” of Charles in a more modern way.

“The vivid colour of the glazes in the background echo the uniform’s bright red tunic, not only resonating with the royal heritage found in many historical portraits but also injecting a dynamic, contemporary jolt into the genre with its uniformly powerful hue / providing a modern contrast to more traditional depictions,” he wrote.