Kate Middleton was attacked by British novelist, Hilary Mantel, who called the Duchess of Cambridge "machine made" and "plastic." On Feb. 18, The Hollywood Gossip reported that 60-year-old Mantel caused major backlash in the UK (and now around the globe) after making these remarks -- and plenty more -- during a recent lecture at a museum.
Mantel reportedly said that Middleton went from a "'jointed doll on which certain rags are hung' to a woman whose 'only point and purpose' was to give birth," The Hollywood Gossip reported. Middleton was also called a "shop window mannequin" during Mantel's rant.
Kate Middleton was verbally attacked for what many believe was no reason at all. For many Kate-admirers, Mantel's remarks were only meant to stir the pot and to get attention. Her words were cutting and according to people who know Middleton personally, her words were also way off the mark.
Nick Barton, chief executive of Action on Addiction, stuck up for Kate Middleton, saying that Hilary Mantel was way off base. "I can only speak of what I know, and having met the Duchess of Cambridge several times I find her to be engaging... Having her as Patron draws attention to the cause ... she is doing an enormous amount to reduce the stigma and increase understanding of addiction. She is also an intelligent woman," said Barton, rising to the Duchess' defense (via THG).
Kate Middleton may have been attacked for the wrong reasons or perhaps Mantel was insinuating something bigger about royal life in general. Whatever the reasoning for her harsh words, Middleton supporters are furious -- and likely won't be supporting Mantel in her future endeavors.
© Effie Orfanides 2013