Apparently it ain't over till the royal burlesque dancer strips down for Playboy.
Lest you forget about Kate Middleton's stripper cousin, Katrina Darling is considering posing nude for a Playboy spread. According to British tabloid Now (i.e. giant grain of salt), "Katrina's enjoyed some success in the US following her burlesque performances and now she's attracted the attention of Playboy." Now's "source" adds, "She hasn't agreed to do it yet, but it'd be hugely embarrassing for Kate."
And the whole royal family, we imagine. Katrina's burlesque repertoire includes an act called "God Save The Queen" in which she dons a tiny crown, nipple tassels and, well, not much else. She performed her racy royal act at a New York club in March and is reportedly shopping a reality TV show that follows her burlesque show on a cross-country U.S. tour.
Her dancing career has taken off so much (so to speak) that she quit her day job as a portfolio analyst at Barclays.
So will her next career move be a Playboy spread? All the reports are pretty speculative, but we wouldn't be too surprised -- Katrina clearly has no qualms about doffing her clothes for American audiences.
In other (slightly more believable) royal news, Kate and William are apparently contemplating baby names. If the future royal is a girl, her middle names will be Elizabeth, after her great-grandmother, and Diana, after her grandmother.
Katrina doesn't seem to be on the short list.
UPDATE, 7/11/12: It's happening, folks: Page Six reports that Darling is indeed posing for Playboy's September issue, set to drop August 17.
See Kate and Pippa's cousin, Katrina Darling, performing her "God Save The Queen" act: