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February 19, 2013

Kate Middleton Verbally Attacked by Novelist Hilary Mantel

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Ouch. Kate Middleton got royally burned by Booker prize-winning author Hilary Mantel.

Mantel recently gave a lecture for the London Review of Books in which she called the Duchess of Cambridge “painfully thin,” “machine-made” and a vessel for breeding the Royal family.

“I saw Kate becoming a jointed doll on which certain rags are hung,” began 60-year-old Mantel during the Undressing Anne Boleyn lecture. “In those days she was a shop-window mannequin, with no personality of her own, entirely defined by what she wore.

“These days she is a mother-to-be, and draped in another set of threadbare attributions. Once she gets over being sick, the press will find that she is radiant. They will find that this young woman’s life until now was nothing, her only point and purpose being to give birth.”

Mantel went on to describe Kate’s so-called manufactured appearance and persona, saying she had a “perfect plastic smile” and was “designed by a committee and built by craftsmen.”

Mantel also contrasted her with the late Princess Diana, the mother of Kate’s husband Prince William.

“She appears precision-made, machine-made, so different from Diana whose human awkwardness and emotional incontinence showed in her every gesture,” added Mantel. 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.”

Let’s not forget the recent unveiling of Kate’s official portrait, in which Mantel criticizes Kate’s dead eyes and “strained smile.”

Obviously, the palace isn’t so happy about these comments.

“Hilary Mantel’s comments are ridiculous and say more about her than the Duchess,” said Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams.

Do you think Mantel went too far in dissecting Britain’s sweetheart? Or was Mantel spot on about Kate’s persona?