Hilary Mantel, the 60-year-old author who has won the Booker Prize for fiction in the U.K., has launched an attack on Britain’s sweetheart and people are not amused.
Mantel made comments about Kate Middleton during a lecture for the London Review of Books titled “Undressing Anne Boleyn.” The IB Times reports that Mantel compared the Duchess of Cambridge to Princess Diana and Marie Antoinette, calling her a vessel for breeding for the Royal family.
“I saw Kate becoming a jointed doll on which certain rags are hung. In those days she was a shop-window mannequin, with no personality of her own, entirely defined by what she wore,” says Mantel. “These days she is a mother-to-be, and draped in another set of threadbare attributions. Once she gets over being sick, the press will find that she is radiant. They will find that this young woman’s life until now was nothing, her only point and purpose being to give birth.”
“Kate Middleton, as she was, appeared to have been designed by a committee and built by craftsmen, with a perfect plastic smile and the spindles of her limbs hand-turned and gloss-varnished,” Mantel continues.
As for Kate’s recently-revealed official portrait, Mantel says, “Her eyes are dead and she wears the strained smile of a woman who really wants to tell the painter to bugger off.”
“Kate seems to have been selected for her role of princess because she was irreproachable: as painfully thin as anyone could wish, without quirks, without oddities, without the risk of the emergence of character. She appears precision-made, machine-made, so different from Diana whose human awkwardness and emotional incontinence showed in her every gesture.
“Diana was capable of transforming herself from galumphing schoolgirl to ice queen, from wraith to Amazon. Kate seems capable of going from perfect bride to perfect mother, with no messy deviation.”
The comments have been lambasted in Britain, with the Telegraph calling the attack “cheap and cruel” and Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams adding, “Hilary Mantel’s comments are ridiculous and say more about her than the Duchess.”
The criticisms of the attack also add that Kate doesn’t have the luxury of going on Twitter or TV to defend herself.
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