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Katrina Darling, Kate Middleton's Burlesque Dancing Cousin Pictured On The Cover Of Playboy

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The Duchess of Cambridge’s burlesque dancing cousin has proudly revealed her Playboy cover shoot.

Katrina Darling was reportedly paid a six-figure sum to strip for Playboy and is also set to perform a special private dance on the online version of the magazine.

Dressed in black lingerie, there is no sign of the crowns or other royal props she frequently uses in her act, although the cover does refer to her as a "royal beauty".

She told Huffington Post UK: "I'm so proud of the finished product!"

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Finally! On the cover of Playboy!

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God Save The Queen: Katrina Darling performs her burlesque routine


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Counting the days for Playboy to come out! Cant wait for it to be official!

She added: "I have worked very hard and done what I love for years, I can't let anybody decide for me who I am and what I can and can't do.

"I feel very grateful for this mindset, there are still so many women in the world that are oppressed and have people and society dictate their lives for them. I'm very grateful to be able to do what makes me happy!"

The 22-year-old's grandmother is the sister of the Duchess’s great grandfather Thomas Harrison, making her Kate’s second cousin, once removed, The Sun revealed.

Darling is reportedly learning how to breathe fire for the finale of two shows dubbed Royal Dreams, which she will perform in Miami's Dream Hotel.

She told the New York Post: “I have friend teaching me. I am by no means a master yet…I was a little worried for my eyebrows and hair.”

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Darling's show has a distinct Royal theme

In June Darling told RumorFix she had not yet met her royal cousin, but admitted it would be “really awkward to meet Kate. I’m not sure what I would say in that sort of situation.

“But I’m sure we would find something to laugh about in it all. “

Of Kate’s new brother-in-law Prince Harry, Darling said: “I’m sure Prince Harry is an adorable guy, but I am a taken woman and Eton College men are not my cup of tea – too prestigious. I like my men rough around the edges.”

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Darling and her cousin Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge

Darling began her burlesque career dancing with Sunderland-based troupe, The Coquette Collective, the Sunderland Echo reported.

She told the paper: “I wasn’t into the whole ‘I am Kate Middleton’s cousin’ thing, but the media picked it up and just went with it. In a way it’s helped with PR, but I’ve worked extremely hard anyway.”

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