Poor Kate Middleton currently has two photo scandals on her hands.
The first involves snapshots from her honeymoon with Prince William -- the royals are reportedly very upset about photos that show them soaking up some sun in Seychelles making rounds on the web. However, they're not angry because the Duchess of Cambridge was caught topless or anything scandalous like that - they just can't believe that the press betrayed them by publishing the snaps of them sharing what was supposed to be a special private moment. #RoyalPeopleProblems
But a photo of Kate in a bikini is nothing compared to the amount of skin that her cousin wants to share with world -- her relative is trying to turn having a royal connection into a big payday by posing nude in the pages of Playboy.
Kate's burlesque dancer cousin Katrina Darling will adorn the cover of the September issue of the men's mag in a move that's sure to stir up some controversy, especially if the brunette tries to impersonate her royal relative - perhaps she'll pose as the Duchess on her wedding night or in nothing but one of her famous fascinators. Kate's second cousin has already done her best to profit from being a royal pain to the royal family with her "God Save the Queen" strip routine.
But the Duchess isn't the only celebrity with a relative that has tried to turn a DNA connection into cash by posing in Playboy.
Drew Barrymore had to be extremely embarrassed when her mother Jaid was featured in the mag back in 1995. Apparently Jaid was attempting to upstage her daughter, who had appeared in Playboy just nine months earlier. This quote makes it fairly obvious that she just wanted to steal the spotlight from her successful offspring: "I was going to be the star, not her! Drew got all the attention... It was so disgusting." Just be glad that Kris Jenner hasn't taken a page from this Hollywood mom's playbook by trying to compete with daughter Kim Kardashian with her own Playboy spread.
Drew and Jaid aren't the only famous mother-daughter pair to be featured in different issues of the magazine - last year Mick Jagger's daughter Lizzy Jagger followed in the footsteps of her model mom Jerry Hall by appearing in Playboy. But Lizzy had to fight for her right to strip down - despite her parents' wild pasts, they originally banned her from posing in the buff. She said this of their decision to ultimately let her do it: "They understood that when you don't know when you're going to have kids, it's nice to have wonderful pictures of your 20-something self. And at 27, I feel comfortable expressing myself through my body."
"Dirty Harry" star Clint Eastwood has also dealt with a daughter deciding to pose nude -- Alison Eastwood stripped down for Playboy back in 2003. It would certainly be interesting to know what Clint thinks is worse: having the world see one of his daughters naked or having the world see two of his daughters trying to become the next Kardashians on E!. Francesca Eastwood is doing her best to make her father facepalm by burning $100,000 Hermes handbags (even Kim Kardashian wouldn't do something that blasphemous for publicity).
Then there's Z-lister Levi Johnson, who is famous for knocking up Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol when they were teenagers. Since he extended his fifteen minutes by posing in Playgirl, he couldn't complain much about his sister Mercede deciding to pose in Playboy last year. Now Momma Grizzly is probably praying that Bristol won't resort to stripping down to stay in the spotlight since her Lifetime show turned out to be a bomb.
So take note, job hunters -- if you're female and related to someone remotely famous, Playboy has a pay check waiting for you.
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