Kate Middleton has been called a lot of things during her glamorous reign as one of the most famous women in the world, but the Duchess of Cambridge has never been described as a feminist icon before — until now that is.
Patsy Kensit, famous for being married to Oasis singer Liam Gallagher, described Kate Middleton as a “feminist icon” in an interview with Stylist magazine.
Patsy, who has also had failed marriages with Jim Kerr from Simple Minds, Dan Donovan from Big Audio Dynamite, and DJ Jeremy Healy, went on to describe Kate as “our generation’s suffragette.”
Considering Kate Middleton, 33, would have been 2-years-old when Patsy was 16, it’s a matter of some confusion to what exactly the 47-year-old Kensit is referring to when she speaks of “our generation,” but there can be no doubt that like most women of a certain age and persuasion, Patsy worships the Duchess, and the aging blonde is no doubt looking forward to the day when she can serve as Kate’s loyal subject.
The Daily Mail reports that Patsy appeared in the magazine’s regular “Queen of Everything” feature and gushed that Kate Middleton would be her “regal inspiration.”
“She’s so fabulous on every level. She repeats outfits, which is brilliant. I know it’s a shallow thing to say but I think it’s done so much for women. ‘I’m not going to be forced to have to look different every time I go out.’ She’s like our generation’s suffragette.”
It’s debatable if the leader of the British suffragette movement, Emmeline Pankhurst, would have agreed with Patsy’s sweeping generalization of Kate Middleton, based purely on her thrift in the wardrobe stakes.
Wolf Hall author Hilary Mantel obviously doesn’t. The Double Booker Prize winner recently argued that the Duchess was presented by the media as a “shop-window mannequin” and a “machine-made” princess who has been “designed by committee” and who was only important to the public as a breeder.
A tad harsh perhaps, but the criticism of Kate doesn’t end there. Novelist Margaret Atwood recently snarled like a bolt from the blue that the Duchess was no match for Princess Diana because she was such an “uneventful dresser.”