Criticism over his portrait led Paul Emsley to question his work and even try capturing the pregnant royal a second time, this time as more glamorous and upbeat. According to Washington Post, his second version of Kate’s portrait only made him realize the original was exactly what he set out to create. He has not allowed anyone to photograph this second sketch.
I did not deliberately age her or anything like that. I wanted it to be an authentic record, but it’s very easy to put in more shadows and things than are perfectly necessary, and I haven’t done that. I’ve tried to record, in a polite way, what I regard as her natural beauty.