Kate Middleton's Playboy connection: Katrina Darling, second cousin to the Duchess, graces September's cover

katrina-darling-playboy-cover.jpgPlayboy is practically welcoming royalty to its September pages -- Katrina Darling, second cousin to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is gracing its cover and has an eight-page nude pictorial inside the magazine.

Darling, 22, is a famous burlesque dancer in London, found out she was related to the bride-to-be shortly before Kate's wedding to Prince William in April 2011. Darling's grandmother Jane Darling is sister to Kate's great-grandfather Thomas Harrison.

The dancer's burlesque show, "God Save the Queen" (titled before she knew of her Royal family connection), has been running in the Soho area of London since March 2012. Darling will venture to the States in late August/early September to perform in South Beach, Fla. and New York City. Her Playboy issue hits newsstands Friday, Aug. 17.

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Photo/Video credit: Courtesy Playboy/Marlena Bielinska
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