'Offensive' ... the painting that has shocked many
By LACHLAN CARTWRIGHT
January 05, 2007
A PAINTING ridiculing the Royal Family has sparked outrage among monarchists.
The picture, that is currently showing as part of an exhibition at a gallery in Amsterdam, depicts Prince Harry as a Nazi and the late Princess Diana as Christ.
Tory MP David Ruffley said: "This seems to be a pathetic and tasteless attempt at art by a man with no talent.
"People on the continent are just jealous of our Royal Family and the Queen being a beacon of decency for the Western World."
Sun royal snapper Arthur Edwards slammed the artists work.
He said: "It is demeaning of the Royal family. Some of the images are just awful.
"Anyone who has any connection with the Royal Family will find it offensive."
But Gallery the 3rd owner Mr Maarten de Vlieger defended the work.
He said: "Everyone we've shown this painting to has been very excited about it so we don't see it as a problem.
"Prince Harry is the one responsible for being a Nazi as he dressed up like that in England two years ago and there is no way we will be withdrawing it."
Mr de Vlieger said he was considering showing the painting in the UK later this year.
Clarence House refused to comment on the matter.
Don't worry. We'll just paint a similar one of the Dutch Royal Family.