Kate mocked as gold-digger by Chinese tourism chiefs

Jul 02, 2012, 07:23 IST | Agencies

Chinese tourism chiefs have sparked outrage after mocking the Duchess of Cambridge as a gold-digger in a promotional video.

Lookalikes play Kate, Prince William and the Queen in the controversial film made by Chengdu city officials.

Not so funny: The video has caused an uproar with several criticising the video saying it was disrespectful. File Pic

The royals are shown trying to take a taxi to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations after the Queen insists they save money. Kate lookalike Colette Mularkey screeches, “I just don’t understand why we cannot take the royal limo. I didn’t marry royalty to schlep around in a taxi.”

William lookalike Simon Watkinson protests, “But darling, granny is right. The commoners want to see us tightening our belts and all that.” Hands on her hips, Kate complains, “Rubbish, people want to see that they can be like us if they just work hard.”

At this, the Queen’s lookalike Amanda Bellamy fixes her with a withering look and scoffs, “Like you did?” William interjects, “Now, now granny, we all know that it was I who fell for Kate.”

Kate replies, That’s right, I didn’t even fancy him at first. Don’t you remember? You had to practically beg me for my phone number.” The two-minute clip was filmed for the Chengdu Association for Cultural Exchange with Foreign Countries. A spokesman insisted the ad, running on social networking sites, was harmless “fun” but outraged Britons condemned it online Janet Steele wrote, “I think this is disgraceful, where is the harmless fun in mocking such lovely people?”

Keith Harrison stated, “Hmm, the same nation that believes dried, ground tiger penis to be a medicine has the right to ridicule our monarchy? The Queen deserves more respect than this!”

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