Aug 15, 2012 09:25 AM EDT
Katrina Darling, the burlesque dancing cousin of Britain's princess Kate Middleton, has landed the cover of Playboy magazine and two of the photos were leaked two days ahead of its official release date.
The 22-year-old brunette is wearing a designer bra and panty lingerie set with thigh-high stockings for the cover. According to several reports, the modeling gig is considered a scandal to the British royal family.
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Darling did not learn of her relation to the Duchess of Cambridge until she received a phone call several days before Middleton's royal wedding to Prince William. She found out that one of her grandmothers was the sister of Middleton's great-grandfather Thomas Harrison.
"It was the most ridiculous thing I ever heard," Darling told Playboy about the princess being her cousin. "It's not every day something like that happens."
Her blood ties to Middleton has landed her a six-figure sum for appearing nude in the September 2012 issue of Playboy. Before the shoot, she was a banker by day and a burlesque dancer at night in England.
Daily Mail reported that Darling has not tried to reach out to Middleton, who could very well be queen one day.
The Playboy issue will be available on tablet on Aug. 17.
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