Author attacks Duchess Kate, calls her 'plastic' designed to breed

Author attacks Duchess Kate, calls her 'plastic' designed to breed

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Feb 21, 2013 at 9:20 AM PST
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Famous author Hilary Mantel recently attacked Kate Middleton during a speech earlier this month, terming Middleton "plastic" and claiming she has no other purpose in life other than breeding royal children.

Two-time Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel's sharp comments against the royal are creating quite a stir in Britain and the world over. Mantel spoke out against Middleton at the British Museum and her speech was later printed in the tabloid newspaper, The Daily Mail.

In her speech, Mantel described Middleton as a bland, "machine-made" princess who is "painfully thin as anyone could wish, without quirks, without oddities."

Mantel went on to the extent of saying that the only purpose the female royals have is to breed stock.

Mantel said, according to a report by, that as a royal consort, Kate "appeared to have been designed by committee and built by craftsmen, with a perfect plastic smile and the spindles of her limbs hand-turned and gloss-varnished." Mantel further belittled the Duchess of Cambridge by calling her "a jointed doll on which certain rags were hung ... a shop-window mannequin."

Mantel's speech basically looked at the way the public and press glorified and destroyed royals like Anne Boleyn and Princess Diana. Her speech also was about British public's complex relationships with royalty over the centuries, a relationship which is both encouraging and damaging.

Even if Mantel's speech was just about the view of Kate constructed by the press and public opinion, it was surely painted as a venomous attack on her by The Daily Mail. The newspaper's front page compared pictures of the author and the duchess alongside with the headline “A plastic princess designed to breed.”

Reaction on Hilary Mantel's speech against Kate Middleton has been mixed, with some people slamming her words, while others defending them as provocative but thoughtful.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron also commented on Mantel's harsh words. Mr. Cameron called Mantel's comments “completely misguided and completely wrong."

Mantel, 60, won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2009 and 2012 for "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies" novels set at the court of King Henry VIII and centered on the king's search for a queen who will give him a male heir.

Kate came under fire probably for the reason that she has been the media's obsession since she married Prince William. From her hair, to her clothes, to the way she talks and now her pregnancy, things have always been revolving around Kate Middleton in the media.

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