Her long brown locks are still luscious, her skin enviably flawless - but as Kate Middleton graces the cover of a US magazine this week, the pearly whites we're so used have vanished. And in place of the Duchess of Cambridge's once dazzling smile are - wait for it - yellow, rotting teeth. Not. So. Hot.
Yep THIS WEEK, politics and arts magazine The New Republic Photoshopped Kate into the image of a ‘stereotypical brit’ (in American terms, this translates wholly to: bad teeth - deep), and place her beside a bedraggled Union Jack and the words ‘Something’s Rotten. The Last Days of Britain.’
The magazine has a point to make. And – we geddit – they’re not doing it by halves. Inside they jibber on about the state of the United Kingdom ahead of the Olympics, criticising our government, causing outrage online. But defacing Kate? Actual Princess Kate? Really?
Of course, many readers have dismissed the cover as simple satire – saying that it should be taken with a pinch of salt, if that - one even said that she still looked lovely with rotten teeth (sozza Kate, but don’t give up the Pearl Drops yet). And, obviously, they have successfully drummed up the publicity they were hawking after when they plotted the cover. But others have criticised the magazine as being ‘second-rate’ and ‘juvenile at best’, and branded the cover ‘tasteless’ and ‘disrespectful’ even if it is satire. Hmm. Would it be satirical for us to deface, say, Barack Obama and stick him on a front page?
And, despite the joke being on Brits in general, Kate can hardly be tarred with the bad-teeth-brush. In fact, she spent up to £11,000 having her teeth polished and turned last year, even allowing French dentist Didier Fillion to use a hidden brace to make them appear a little crooked and ‘un-American’.
'He did some little micro-rotations on Kate,' his dentist Bernard Touati revealed. 'That’s why they look so good – because they are not perfectly aligned.
'The problem in the United States is they have very artificial vision. But what we like is a natural healthy smile, but not artificial.'
Though Clarence House, who look after the Royals, have kept schtum about the incident so far, we’re not sure Kate’s going to be too chuffed.
But what do you think? Is it just a satirical prank? An ill-judged publicity stunt? Or just plain rude? We want to hear your views on Kate Middleton's teeth!