British author Hilary Mantel attacked Kate Middleton during a recent lecture in England.
Mantel apparently isn’t a fan of the princess, going as far as to describe her smile as “plastic.” The writer also stated that it appeared Kate Middleton had been pieced together in a factory.
The Man Booker award-winner had plenty of unpleasant things to say about Prince William’s wife during her appearance at the British Museum earlier this month. According to Reuters, Hilary Mantel’s lecture included a bevy of attacks against Middleton.
The author said:
“I saw Kate becoming a jointed doll on which certain rags are hung. She was a shop-window mannequin, with no personality of her own, entirely defined by what she wore. These days she is a mother-to-be, and draped in another set of threadbare attributions.”
The Telegraph explains that Hilary Mantel’s hour-long engagement for the London Review of Books included an assessment of Kate Middleton’s appearance and how she is perceived by the public. She added that Middleton’s official portrait gave the princess “dead eyes” and a “strained smile.”
It hasn’t taken long for the backlash against Hilary Mantel to ensue. Majesty editor Joe Little said he didn’t understand why the author decided to attack Middleton in such a manner.
“Not a lot of us do know very much about the Duchess of Cambridge, but in those circumstances there is a lot to be said for maintaining a dignified silence. This does seem to have come out of the blue. It seems incredibly unkind.”
The author also compared Kate Middleton to Princess Diana during her lecture. Mantel said:
“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.”
What do you think about Hilary Mantel’s attack on Kate Middleton?