Artist behind ‘gruesome’ Kate Middleton portrait Tatler breaks silence with defiant response

Hannah Uzor, the artist who created the portrait of the Princess of Wales that appears on the cover of Tatler magazine’s new issue, has spoken out after it sparked a backlash among some royal fans.

Kate’s portrait is by artist Hannah Uzor. (Philip Sinden/Tatler/PA)

The artist behind a new portrait of the Princess of Wales that was branded “appalling” has broken her silence.

Hannah Uzor created the painting of Kate, which appears on the latest cover of Tatler magazine and captures the princess at the first state banquet of the King’s reign during the 2022 state visit to South Africa. Kate appears in the artwork standing and facing forward in a regal, floor-length white Jenny Packham caped evening dress with sparkling detailing on the shoulders, and her favorite tiara, the Lover’s Knot.

When the portrait was revealed yesterday, it faced serious backlash online, with many royal fans questioning the resemblance to Kate, and one art critic calling it a “ground-pounding baddie”.

The new portrait of Kate that will be on the cover of Tatler magazine (Hannah Uzor/Tatler/PA)
Kate at the South African State Banquet in November 2022(PENNSYLVANIA)

Today, the British-Zambian artist was asked about the reaction to her portrait and told the Daily Mail at home that she was unaware of the reaction her work had created. She told the publication: “It’s a fantastic story, and they (critics) can do what they want.”

Kate did not sit for the portrait and Uzor researched photographs of her to inform his work, saying he had found more than 189,000 images of Kate in a photographic archive. It’s on a teal background, which the artist says is a nod to Kate’s eye color and the experience of being in a garden and on the water, reflecting the princess’s love of rowing.

In an interview in Tatler, Uzor was asked if the recent video of the princess’s cancer diagnosis gave her a new perspective. She said: “No doubt. All my portraits are made up of layers of a personality, built from everything I can find about them.” Kate’s public speech showed “a moment of facing something difficult, of speaking from the heart, of having the courage to face it head-on,” she added. The artist expressed her admiration for the princess, who has moved away from the public spotlight while she undergoes preventive chemotherapy.

New portrait of the Princess of Wales revealed (PENNSYLVANIA)

“She has truly lived up to her role; she was born for this. She carries herself with such dignity, elegance and grace,” Uzor said. The painter, based in St Albans, Hertfordshire, is, like Kate, a mother of three children, and added: “I feel with her the joy of motherhood.”

Meanwhile, speaking in a video on Tatler’s social media accounts, the artist spoke of how she wanted to “capture the soul of the person”. She explained: “So I spent a lot of time looking at her and looking at her photos, watching videos of her, seeing her with her family, seeing her on diplomatic visits, seeing her when she rows or visiting children in a hospice. “It’s been really interesting for me to get an idea. Whose is she?

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