A doctored image of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has been making rounds on the internet. The image has left royal fans shocked, as it features Kate covered in bruises, with several scars on her face.
The image, made by artist AlexSandro Palombo, has been used as a part of domestic abuse campaign in Milan, Spain. The photo has sparked severe outrage among the royal fans.
The artist Palombo said that he uses famous and influential faces as part of his work to condemn domestic abuse. He has previously featured Michelle Obama to Angela Merkel, AOC and Brigitte Macron in his work.
This time, on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2021, Palombo’s campaign featured the Duchess, Ursula von der Leyen, Kamala Harris, Christine Lagarde and Queen Letizia of Spain.
He depicted them as survivors of abuse who reported the person but continued to face danger. Accompanying the photo of Kate, it was captioned, "She reported him but nobody believed her.”
"She was left alone but she was not protected. He has not stopped. She was killed anyway.” The Italian artist wrote, "A State that does not protect but leaves women alone in the hands of their tormentor becomes a silent accomplice."
Palombo further said he wants the images to "draw attention to the poor responses from politics regarding the problem of gender-based violence" and bring to light the "ineffectiveness of the support and protection system to the victims."