Kate's relative gets raunchy

Kate Middleton’s cousin Katrina Darling has stripped off in a raunchy photo shoot for Playboy magazine.

The burlesque dancer poses in sexy underwear and even goes topless in some shots which make up an 8-page spread in the September issue.

Playboy calls cover girl Katrina a ‘royal beauty’ – though the model admits that she’s never met second cousin Kate, 30, and only discovered their distant family link last year.

Katrina, 22, previously worked as a banker and kept burlesque as a hobby, but since enjoying fame from her royal connection she’s become a full-time exotic dancer.

The brunette even marked the Diamond Jubilee by performing a cheeky striptease called God Save The Queen at London club Whiskey Mist earlier this year, where she stripped down to a thong and bright red nipple tassels.

The royals might not want to be connected to Katrina but she’s certainly gone down well with Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who recently Tweeted: Katrina Darling, the second cousin of British royal Kate Middleton, is causing a sensation in the September issue of Playboy.

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Anna Francis