A plastic surgery clinic popular with the Duchess of York has been accused of misusing photos of Kate Middleton’s face to promote its face lifts.
A picture of Kate Middleton’s face from 2012 was placed alongside a picture of her taken two years later at Wimbledon.
Alongside the pictures, Dr Gabriela Clinic in central London implored viewers to imagine ‘a natural look’.
A picture of Kate Middleton’s face from 2012 was placed alongside a picture of her taken two years later at Wimbledon
The clinic paid tribute to Fergie in an Instagram post last month alongside a picture of her pointing out what cosmetic work she’d had done, saying: ‘Amazing woman Sarah Ferguson is talking to Daily Mail about skin health at 60! We are all tired of all celebrities talking about diet and yoga for good, healthy look’
The Duchess of Cambridge, pictured here at the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, alongside her husband, did not authorise the use of her image in the clinic’s advertisement
The post featuring the Duchess claimed: ‘We are doing procedures that look like fresh you’
The post, which sparked outrage and has since been deleted by the company, added: ‘We are doing procedures that you look like fresh you.’
Sarah Ferguson last month admitted to having cosmetic surgery including Botox, two types of face-lift and stem cell therapy at Dr Gabriela’s Clinic on Harley Street.
The former wife of Prince Andrew expressed her satisfaction at the facial work she’d had done in a video, comparing it to a ‘wonderful embrace of velvet’ and calling cosmetic surgeon ‘a loyal friend’.
She sung the praises of Dr Gabriela Mercik, saying she always managed to make her feel ‘calm’.
According to documentation held by the General Medical Council, Dr Mercik qualified in medicine from the Slaska Akademia Medyczna in Katowice in 1998.
The has been registered with the GMC since 2008, although she is not on the specialist register and is not registered as a general practitioner.
The Duchess will join other members of the Royal Family, including the Queen at an event to honour servicemen and women later today ahead of Remembrance Sunday
Sarah Ferguson last month admitted to having cosmetic surgery including Botox, two types of facelift and stem cell therapy at Dr Gabriela’s Clinic on Harley Street. Pictured, Dr Gabriela
The clinic paid tribute to Fergie in an Instagram post last month alongside a picture of her pointing out what cosmetic work she’d had done, saying: ‘Amazing woman Sarah Ferguson is talking to Daily Mail about skin health at 60! We are all tired of all celebrities talking about diet and yoga for good, healthy look.
‘Sun damage, ageing is is a key factor to lose the skin health condition. Laser 6D treatments,threads, organic fillers and mesotherapy stimulate collagen, elastin and brink back health of the skin.
‘The biggest organ of our body has to be healthy! To have good health in general.’
The clinic’s now-deleted posts featuring Kate Middleton’s face faced backlash for being misleading and suggesting that the Duchess had had any work done.
Editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine Ingrid Seward, as quoted by the Mirror, said: ‘What is so blatantly awful in using these images is that prospective clients may be inclined to think that Kate has had a laser facelift or other treatment from this company when she most certainly has not.
‘This appears to be a very ill-thought-out campaign by one of the many, many skin doctors that set themselves up in Harley Street. This is another episode in the daily life of the Yorks, I’m afraid.’
Fergie, who had her 60th birthday last month, said she prefers the ‘ultimate laser facelift’, a 6D laser lift, prices for which start at £3,750 at Dr Gabriela’s clinic and which Fergie pays for ‘at Dr Gabriela’s discretion’.
Sarah admitted she prefers having laser cosmetic procedures, which are pain-free and take just 90 minutes.
Sarah Ferguson pictured with Dr Gabriela. The two women have sung each other’s praises online
Royal commentator and former communications secretary to the Queen Dickie Arbiter suggested the Palace was less than pleased at the images, calling the incident ‘another embarrassing example of Sarah Ferguson’s association with the royal family.’
Dickie went on to say that Fergie uses her association with the royal family for financial benefit.
‘Questions do remain over whether she is using her royal connections to profit either financially or indeed through getting free treatment at such an establishment,’ he said.
‘She is not a member of the Royal Family, she ceased to be that in 1996, and since then she has been using all sorts of ways to make money.
‘As a private individual she is free to do whatever she wants but it is wholly wrong of the clinic to use images of the Duchess of Cambridge to promote the business, which will no doubt cause alarm in the Palace and they will want the image removed.’
This is not the first time Fergie has been accused of profiting from her connections to the Royal Family.
She released her autobiography ‘My Story’ the same year she split from Prince Andrew in which she lifted the lid on life inside the Royal Family and her marriage.
In 2010 Ferguson allegedly accepted a £27,600 bribe from a News of the World journalist posing as a businessman in a sting. She was secretly filmed allegedly offering to introduce him to her former husband Prince Andrew.
In 2016 the duchess reportedly launched a £25,000 lawsuit against News Group Newspapers over the incident.