The much admired Duchess of Cambridge seems to have some detractors after all, and they come all the way from China.
A two-minute video released by the Chengdu Association for Cultural Exchange with Foreign Countries was meant to promote Panda Cabs, a fleet of London taxis that promote the region’s endangered species. However the message seems to have been diluted amid focus on the ad which many netizens are calling “inappropriate” and “poorly conceived.”
In the video, three actors portraying Prince William, Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth II are seen waiting for a cab outside Buckingham Palace in the rain. The actress who plays the duchess is depicted as a whiny, impatient, gold digger who complains, “I just don’t understand why we cannot take the royal limo. I didn’t marry into royalty to schlep around in a taxi.”
The video also mocks Kate’s lack of holding down a full-time job before she married into the royal family.
"People want to see that they can be like us if they just work hard," says the Kate look-alike.
“Like you did?” is the snarky reply of the actress who portrays the queen.
Last week the duchess received some flak over news that she spent $55,000 on her wardrobe in 2012, funded by her father-in-law Prince Charles. However later that week it was announced that she pledged to sleep on the streets of London for a children’s charity. She’s been a subject of much media scrutiny the past year, with onlookers praising her for both her impeccable fashion sense, her commoner's touch and for renewing worldwide interest in the British monarchy.
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