KATE MIDDLETON‘s painter, PAUL EMSLEY, has broken his silence after receiving “vicious” criticism towards his portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge… and he says he is “still happy with it.”

kate middleton portrait by paul emsley

Not many were pleased with the finished product of the pregnant Kate Middleton‘s first official portrait—painted by award-winning Scottish artist Paul Emsley—when it was unveiled earlier this month at the National Portrait Gallery in London after 3-and-a-half months of creation.

In the photo, the Duchess of Cambridge had a royal blue top and a slight smile on as she posed in front of the artist’s trademark black background.

After getting comments that his work was “not flattering” and “doesn’t capture her beauty,” Emsley admitted to Hello! magazine:

“Some of the words written about it were so personal. I’d be inhuman if I said it didn’t affect me. When you take on commissions like this it is hazardous and you expect a bit of flak, but I expected nothing like the criticism I have received. I didn’t expect it to go to the levels it did.”

He went on to say that it also hurt the people close to him, including his wife and children. But because he believes in his talent (plus Kate herself thought it was “brilliant” and Prince William said it was “absolutely beautiful”), he definitely stands by his work.

The painter told the magazine:

“At first the attacks were so vicious that there was a point where I myself doubted that the portrait of the Duchess was any good. But now I’ve had time to reflect, I am still happy with it and am getting on with my life.”

Emsley proudly added:

“There is nothing I would have changed.”

Do you still think the portrait didn’t do Her Highness justice?

Photos Via Video Screen Grabs

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