ART critics have condemned a new portrait of the Princess of Wales which was meant to capture her courage and dignity.

The painting by British-Zambian artist Hannah Uzor, which is to feature on feature on the cover of Tatler magazine, took inspiration from Kate’s cancer diagnosis video message to the nation.

But social media users poked fun at the canvas, questioning the likeness.

One asked: “Is this a parody?” Another wrote, “That is never the princess, that is another woman in her dress”, and others branded it “dreadful”.

The Telegraph’s chief art critic Alastair Sooke called the depiction “egregiously, intolerably, jaw-hits-the-floor bad”, asking: “Has there been a flatter, more lifeless royal portrait in living memory?”

The image shows the princess at the first state banquet of the King’s reign dressed in a white evening dress and a tiara. She wore the ensemble to the South African state banquet at Buckingham Palace in November 2022.

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Another X user praised Uzor’s style, saying: “Love the artist… she’s very stylish”. But they added: “The painting, while lovely… doesn’t look like the Princess of Wales…”

Last week saw the unveiling of the first official portrait of the King to be completed since his coronation.

Jonathan Yeo’s depiction of Charles shows the monarch bathed in a dramatic blood red hue.

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Commentators described it as like a poster for a horror movie, and others said it appeared as if the King was “burning in hell”.

It features a butterfly on his shoulder – at the King’s suggestion – reflecting his love of nature and the environment, and also his metamorphosis from prince to monarch.

Asked whether the princess’s recent cancer diagnosis video gave her a new perspective, Uzor told Tatler: “Without a doubt. All my portraits are made up of layers of a personality, constructed from everything I can find about them.”

Kate’s public address showed “a moment of dealing with something difficult, speaking from the heart, having the courage to tackle it head-on”, she added.

The princess did not sit for the portrait and Uzor researched photos of her to inform her work, saying she had found more than 189,000 images of Kate in a picture archive.

The artist expressed her admiration for the princess, who has stepped away from the public spotlight while she undergoes chemotherapy.

“She has really risen 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, and added: “‘I sense with her the joy of motherhood.”

Uzor is the third artist to receive a commission from Tatler to paint a portrait of a member of the royal family.

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She follows Sarah Knights, whose painting of the King appeared on the magazine’s July 2023 cover, and Oluwole Omofemi, whose tribute to Queen Elizabeth II featured in the Platinum Jubilee issue in 2022.

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The projects were inspired by England rugby star Maro Itoje and his business partner Khalil Akar, who created the Akoje Residency Programme in collaboration with the King’s Foundation, the charity set up by Charles.

The initiative offers opportunities for artists with African and Caribbean backgrounds to spend time at Dumfries House, East Ayrshire to focus on their artistic skills.

Uzor gained prominence in 2020 with her portrait of Queen Victoria’s African goddaughter, Sara Forbes Bonetta.

It was part of a project to highlight historical figures of the African diaspora who had played a part in English history and was put on show by English Heritage.

The full feature in the July issue of Tatler is available by digital download and on newsstands from May 30.