SHOCKING images of Kate Middleton have been tampered with without Palace permission and plastered across Europe.
The Duchess of Cambridge appears covered in cuts and bruises in edited photos – used as part of a campaign to end domestic violence.
The photos, which were edited by artist AleXsandro Palombo, have so far been spotted on bus stops and buildings in Milan and Spain.
They are accompanied by poignant captions and feature alongside images of a number of other well-known women.
Red and white font on each of the images reads, âShe reported it.
“But no one believed her – but she was left alone.
“But she wasn’t protected – but he wasn’t arrested.”
A bold red bar at the bottom adds: “But she was killed anyway.”
It is understood that Kensington Palace has not been approached about the footage.
Kate is one of the many women represented in the campaign, including US Vice President Kamala Harris, Queen Letizia of Spain and European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen.
The women are each covered in blood and bruises with cuts on their lips, eyes and cheeks.
It is understood that their images are intended to be visually shocking – rather than to suggest that photoshopped celebrities are themselves victims of domestic violence.
AleXsandro Palombo said he wanted the footage “to draw attention to poor policy responses to the issue of gender-based violence” and to highlight “the ineffectiveness of the victim support and protection system.”
Writing alongside the images on Instagram, he said: âWhy should a woman report violence if after reporting she is not protected by institutions and ends up being killed anyway?
âHow can a woman victim of abuse and violence still have confidence in institutions?
Kensington Palace has been approached for comment.
HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Reach out to charities for help, including Women’s Aid’s live chat hotline and services like SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarize yourself with the silent solution, report abuse without speaking on the phone, dial “55” instead.
- Carry cash with you at all times, including change for a public phone or bus ticket.
- If you think your partner is about to attack you, try going to a low-risk area of ââthe house – for example, where there is an exit and access to a phone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might be trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be locked in a closet or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, SupportLine is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on 01708 765200. The association’s e-mail assistance service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected].
Women’s Aid offers a live chat service – available every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
You can also call the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Hotline on 0808 2000 247.