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No jokes on Brit royals, please

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 06, 2012
First Published: 18:47 IST(6/7/2012) | Last Updated: 00:54 IST(7/7/2012)
A Chinese commercial featuring lookalikes of the British Royal family — Queen Elizabeth II , Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton is getting flak from Britons after it jokingly portrayed Kate as a ‘work-shy gold digger’.

The ad, which surfaced online over the weekend, has now been taken off. In the commercial, created by the Chengdu (a city of 14 million people in southwest China) Association for Cultural Exchange with Foreign Countries to promote tourism and Panda Cabs in the city, the lookalikes are shown standing outside the Royal palace in the rain, waiting for a taxi to haul them the “slumming” way to the Jubilee celebrations.

Colette Mularkey, the actor portraying Kate, is shown whining as she says, “I just don’t understand why we cannot take the Royal limo. I didn’t marry into royalty to schlep around in a taxi.”

William’s lookalike, Simon Watkinson then responds, “The commoners want to see us tightening our belts and all that.” To which Mularkey replies, “Rubbish, people want to see that they can be like us if they just work hard.” At this point that the Queen says, “Like you did?”

Fans of the royal family have said that the ad is in bad taste. The makers of the ad, however, insist that it is just “harmless fun”.
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