An award winning British author has come out swinging, criticizing Kate Middleton for being 'plastic.' Brits from the top down came out in the Duchess' defense after the Feb. 19 Daily Mail feature about Hilary Mantel's attack on Prince William's wife. In her assessment, Mantel describes the Duchess of Cambridge as "a jointed doll on which certain rags were hung ... a shop-window mannequin, with no personality of her own." The author claims Kate appears to have been picked by a committee and "built by craftsmen, with a perfect plastic smile and the spindles of her limbs hand-turned and gloss-varnished."
But before the ink was even dry on the story, those in defense of Kate wanted the truth to be told. From India, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron slammed Mantel's take on Kate calling her totally off-base. "(It's) completely misguided and completely wrong," Cameron said of Mantel's speech which was given earlier this month, but just today (Tuesday) re-printed.
Ironically, the Kate Middleton criticism drew a lot flap today -- the very same day the Duchess of Cambridge made her first public appearance since announcing her pregnancy in early December. As Examiner.com previously reported, she visited London's Hope House, a rehab center run by Action on Addiction of which she is a patron.
Nick Barton, chief executive of Action on Addiction, dismissed Hilary Mantel's take on Kate to the Express saying the author is, "...entirely wrong to characterize the Duchess as a clothes horse whose only purpose was to give birth." Barton, who says he's met the Duchess several times, went on to call Princess Kate an "intelligent woman" who is sincere, genuine, and engaging. “Having her as patron of the charity draws attention to the cause of addiction as a whole, which is not always an easy subject," Barton added.
The Palace did not comment on Hilary Mantel's criticism of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge.