A picture of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, with a face covered in bruises and scars has been plastered to buildings and bus stops across Milan and Spain as part of a domestic violence awareness campaign
A doctored image of Kate Middleton edited to make her look like a domestic violence victim has sparked fury.
The picture shows the Duchess of Cambridge with deep purple bruising under eyes and several nasty fresh scars on her face.
The posters have been spotted plastered across bus stops and buildings in Milan and Spain in a controversial awareness campaign.
The duchess was one of a number of well-known women whose faces were edited by Italian artist Alexsandro Palombo.
Each image was accompanied with a chilling caption to “shock” the public into realising the horrors of domestic abuse.
Red and white writing on each of the images reads: “She reported him.
“But nobody believed her – but she was left alone.
“But she was not protected – but he was not stopped.”
A bold red bar at the bottom adds: “But she was killed anyway.”
Other famous women whose recognisable photos were used in the campaign include US Vice President Kamala Harris, Queen Letizia of Spain and European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen.
Kensington Palace was not consulted in relation to the campaign, The Sun reports.
The artist said he wanted to use the famous faces to visually shock anyone that passed them rather than to suggest the celebs are actual victims of domestic violence.
Palombo said he wanted to “draw attention to the poor responses from politics regarding the problem of gender-based violence” and highlight the “ineffectiveness of the support and protection system to the victims”.
Captioning the images on Instagram, he said: “Why should a woman report the violence if after the report she is not protected by the institutions and ends up being killed anyway?
“How can a woman victim of abuse and violence still have faith in the institutions?”
But many social media users were furious that he’d used the pictures without the consent of the women.
One wrote: “How about asking the families of women who have actually suffered from domestic abuse if you can post their pictures. This is ridiculous.”
Another commented: “YOU ARE NOT FUNNY. DON’T USE IMAGES OF WOMEN WHO DIDN’T GIVE YOU THEIR AUTHORIZATION.”
The Duchess’s representatives have been approached to comment on the campaign.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.