SHOCKING images of Kate Middleton have been doctored without Palace permission and plastered across Europe.
The Duchess of Cambridge appears covered in cuts and bruises in the edited snaps – 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 harrowing captions and feature alongside images of a number of other well known women.
Red and white font over each of the images reads: "She reported him.
"But nobody believed her – but she was left alone.
"But she was not protected – but he was not stopped."
A bold red bar at the bottom adds: "But she was killed anyway."
It is understood Kensington Palace was not approached about the images.
Kate is one of a number of women pictured in the campaign, including Vice President Kamala Harris, Queen Letizia of Spain and European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen.
The women are each covered in blood and bruising with cuts across their lips, eyes and cheeks.
It's understood their images are intended to visually shock – rather than suggest any of the photoshopped celebs are victims of domestic violence themselves.
AleXsandro Palombo said he wants the images to "draw attention to the poor responses from politics regarding the problem of gender-based violence" and highlight the "ineffectiveness of the support and protection system to the victims".
He said: “Why should a woman report the violence if after the report she is not protected by the institutions and ends up being killed anyway?
"How can a woman victim of abuse and violence still have faith in the institutions?"
Kensington Palace was approached for comment.
HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – email@example.com.
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available every day from 10am-6pm.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
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