Kate Middleton's cousin strips in Playboy for six-figure sum

Aug 14, 2012

Tabloid tales: Royal connection earns burlesque dancer a buck; Fifty Shades underwear deal signed

A BURLESQUE dancer who discovered she was related to the Duchess of Cambridge has lost no time in striking a deal to strip off for Playboy magazine. Katrina Darling, who was once a Barclays banker by day and stripper by night in Sunderland, has earned herself a six-figure sum to appear on the front cover of the men’s magazine with eight pages of pictures inside. Darling has never met Kate Middleton, who is her second cousin once removed, reports the Daily Mail. But the Duchess will be able to catch a glimpse of her new-found relative lying topless on a sheepskin rug in the September issue of Playboy.

Mommy porn fans hoping to emulate Anastasia Steele will be pleased to hear that a new range of Fifty Shades of Grey underwear is soon to go on sale. According to TMZ, three companies have signed licensing deals with author EL James to distribute a range of clothing, from T-shirts, hoodies and pyjamas to hosiery, garters and knickers. One fan pointed out that it was "kind of funny" that Fifty Shades would be selling clothes as the characters spend most of their time in the books without any on…

This year's X Factor has barely begun but already the bitching has started between the judges. Tulisa Contostavlos, who returns to the series after her sex tape scandal, has been branded a "chav in a tracksuit" by fellow judge Louis Walsh. He told The Sun that "she thinks she's a bigger star than she actually is" and is "a bit rough around the edges" but added that "she is a lot of fun". The pair will be joined by Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger on the talent show judging panel.

A new crazy golf course has sparked outrage over a saluting Adolf Hitler statue. The dictator, designed by Jake and Dinos Chapman, raises his right arm and screams "No! No! No!" when players hit a shot on target. The Jewish Council have called for the Hitler 'art work' to be banned, reports The Sun. The six-hole course, at The Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool, includes a mini Saddam Hussein statue that topples over when the ball goes in the hole. One art critic said that the final hole, which sees the ball rendered irretrievable by a set of black mausoleum-like slabs, makes “for an end game of true finality”.

Three kangaroos that escaped from a German zoo with the help of a boar and a fox have been recaptured. Mick, Skippy and Jack managed to dig an escape tunnel below the fence of their enclosure, in Hochwildschutz Park, west of Frankfurt, with the help of two accomplices who lived in neighbouring woodland. Despite the daring escape, nerves must have got the better of Skippy who stayed within the park's grounds and was found the following morning, reports the Daily Mail. The other two adventurers have since been rounded up and returned to their enclosure.

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