Lorraine Kelly savages King Charles portrait that’s ‘looking at her from the gates of hell’

Lorraine Kelly savages King Charles portrait that’s ‘looking at her from the gates of hell’

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Lorraine Kelly has admitted she is ‘no fan’ of King Charles’ first completed official portrait since the coronation.

The painting, by British artist Jonathan Yeo, reflects the monarch’s ‘metamorphosis’ from Prince of Wales to King but has divided the nation.

Among those sharing unfavourable opinions on the artwork was Lorraine, 64, who said she felt like the King, 75, was ‘looking at me from the gates of hell.’

The Scottish broadcaster discussed the social media reaction to the portrait on her self-titled ITV show today.

Online, the portrait has been compared to the villain in Ghostbuster and an image depicting Hans Solo frozen in Star Wars.

Lorraine confessed: ‘I have to say I’m not a fan. I think he’s looking at me from the gates of hell. I don’t like it.

Lorraine declared she was ‘not a fan’ of the King Charles portrait (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

The portrait, by Jonathan Yeo, has divided the nation (Picture: AP)

‘I think if you see it in real true life it might be different but it’s a no from me.

‘Sorry, Jonathan Yeo, the artist, I know you spent a lot of time doing that.’

The portrait was commissioned in 2020 to celebrate the then Prince of Wales’s 50 years as a member of The Drapers’ Company in 2022.

It was unveiled on Tuesday afternoon at Buckingham Palace and depicts Charles wearing the uniform of the Welsh Guards, of which he was made Regimental Colonel in 1975.

The portrait was compared to this image of Hans Solo (Picture: William Warby/Creative Commons)

The uniform of the Welsh Guards inspired the colour red, which was painted over much of the portrait, as Jonathan said he felt like this portrait should have more of a ‘dynamic and contemporary feel.’

A butterfly is hovering over the King’s shoulder in the portrait, which was added in by Yeo at Charles’s suggestion.

After the unveiling, Yeo said he would ‘love to take full credit for that’ but it was ‘actually the subject’s idea.’

During a conversation with the King, Jonathan said they discussed how it would be ‘nice to have a narrative element which referenced his passion for nature and environment.’

The portrait was said to reflect the King’s ‘metamorphosis’ (Picture: Chris Jackson – WPA Pool /Getty Images)

He also spoke of how Charles ‘changed jobs halfway through the process’ and the butterfly is a ‘symbol of metamorphosis so it ‘tells multiple stories.’

After Jonathan’s speech, the King joked ‘it’s nice to know I was a chrysalis when you first met me,’ which was met with laughter.

The Queen said she ‘hopes it is going to be seen by lots of people[ after the unveiling.

Lorraine airs weekdays from 9am on ITV.

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