Fake photos show royal couple Will and Kate bathing Prince George

prince Geroge bath
Photo by Alison Jackson/REX (2606072r) Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and baby lookalikes in the bath Royal lookalikes – 2013

Meet Alison Jackson, a photographer who creates brash and convincing shots of celebrity lookalikes doing everyday things.

Jackson’s latest production features a fake Prince William and Duchess Kate giving their royal baby a bubble bath. Speaking with Metro, the photographer says her work explores the modern obsession with voyeurism and asks our reporter to assist in recruiting more lookalikes.

Metro: Your recent spoof photos of William and Kate enjoying a bubble bath with baby George have generated a lot of buzz – one is front page on a leading British national paper. Are you surprised?

Jackson: I never expected to get such a positive public response to this set of images, especially on the eve of Prince George’s christening – a private, solemn, religious affair. But we all have a fascination with what goes on behind the closed doors of celebrities’ lives. The royals will never allow media intrusion, so we can only imagine what they do privately. Especially with [commoner] Kate in the monarchy, we want to know what kind of lives they lead.

Your photos show celebrities doing normal things, like going on a picnic or washing the dishes. But they turn out to be a bit absurd and awkward…

You say awkward but I’m positive they do the exact same things as we do in our everyday lives. Ultimately with my photographs, I want to burst a bubble constructed within the media that celebrities don’t lead normal private lives. What we are all dreaming to see is what they do. We’re incredibly voyeuristic, and I want to break this one big construct.

So, your photos are fulfilling our deep fantasies?

[Laughs] Definitely. I mean, I want celebrities to have both normal and fascinating private lives. The royal family seems to be great fun, especially Prince Harry. And I hope that they are up to no good.

Do you have many impersonators at your service?

I have a stash of them. I have five great Kate lookalikes, but one in particular is a dead ringer – she’s identical in photographs taken from all angles. I have a great lookalike for Prince William and Queen Elizabeth. Funnily enough, I have never found a lookalike for her husband Prince Philip. Oh, and I am now looking for a Miley Cyrus lookalike. I’m always searching, so if you do know someone, I would be very grateful if you could contact me.

I can’t think of anyone I know who’s the spitting image of Miley.

They don’t need to look absolutely spot-on. I mean, I can get her to wear a wig or something.

Who’s your next spoof photoshoot focusing on?

Next week, I’m flying back to London [from Los Angeles] to do one with a (German Prime Minister) Angela Merkel lookalike – I’m branching out of England and the U.S., leaping into other countries and personalities as it were. But generally speaking, politicians are slightly boring at the moment. I hate to admit it, but I miss Tony Blair and George W. Bush, satirically of course, because of their strong personalities. Obama and Cameron are not so interesting for me.

And what project would you love to do in the future?

Simon Cowell’s baby when it’s born. I wonder if it will have that lovely quiff Simon has [laughs].

For more details on Alison Jackson and her work, visit www.alisonjackson.com. More information can also be found on Twitter @AlisonJackson and www.facebook.com/AlisonJacksonOnline.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Is #JusticeForAvaLynn a case of bullying?

On Saturday, the hashtag #JusticeForAvaLynn became one of the trending topics on Twitter. Users circulated the above photo of 5-year-old AvaLynn, posted by her mother…

International

Terrorism could spread to US and Europe in…

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said terrorism would soon spread to Europe and the United States unless it is quickly dealt with in the Middle East,…

National

Ex-Bitcoin official to plead guilty to Silk Road…

Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea deal to resolve U.S. charges that he engaged in a scheme to sell over $1 million of…

International

China's army changes tactics to prepare for war…

Chinese President Xi Jinping has said China will spur military innovation and called on the army to create a new strategy for "information warfare" as…

Gossip

Joan Rivers on life support: Report

TMZ reports that comedian Joan Rivers has been placed on life support, "completely reliant on machines to stay alive." Rivers has been hospitalized since she…

Movies

What's new on Netflix in September

September has a supernatural theme for Netflix. UFO "documentaries" and the survivalist reality series "Doomsday Preppers" are among the new series coming to the online…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

Wellbeing

VIDEO: Still not wearing sunscreen? You will after…

Sunscreen is possibly the most often repeated - and ignored - piece of skincare advice. But Thomas Leveritt took a different tactic. With a short…

Food

Twitter used to track down sources of food…

When Chicago health officials saw Twitter users complaining about local food poisoning episodes, they reached out on Twitter to those users and often ended up…

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…