Middleton's cousin's Playboy cover

Last updated 09:39 16/08/2012
Katrina Darling
COVERGIRL: Kate Middleton's cousin Katrina Darling's Playboy debut.

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They're not exactly royal robes, but Kate Middleton's cousin, Katrina Darling, probably had little choice about what to wear for her Playboy cover shoot.

It was revealed earlier this week that Darling, 22, the Duchess of Cambridge's second cousin, had been paid a six-figure sum to be the magazine's September covergirl and take part in an eight-page spread.

Despite Middleton and Darling never meeting, the magazine's cover describes her as a ''royal beauty'' and ''burlesque queen''. She is pictured wearing black suspenders and lingerie.

According to the Daily Mail, she performed a special burlesque routine to mark the Queen's Jubilee celebrations earlier this year, wearing red nipple tassels, a Union Jack skirt and a small crown.

Darling previously combined her extra-curricular activities with her role in the private wealth management division of Barclays Bank.

There has been no comment from Clarence House about her relationship to Middleton.

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