Hilary Mantel, an acclaimed author gave a lecture on Feb. 4 which has caused a ruckus. During the one-hour lecture, Mantel referred to Kate Middleton as "a jointed doll on which certain rags are hung." She went on to say that Kate’s "only point and purpose being to give birth." Kate was also described by the author as “plastic” and “designed to breed” according to a report on Huffington Post Feb. 19.
The lecture was given at the British Museum as part of a London Review of Books event and was titled “Royal Bodies.” It was meant to analyze the way female monarchs are shaped by public opinion and media into models of appearance, decorum and entertainment. In one passage she made the following statement:
“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 60-year-old writer’s view of the Duchess of Cambridge has come under fire from many, including the Prime Minister. David Cameron said Mantel may be an enlightened writer but called her criticism of Kate “misguided.”
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