The media just admired the Duchess of Cambridge. They love following her, comment on the dresses she wears and look forward to the opinions she gives. From the time she married Prince William, the public and the paparazzi adored her. But, off late Kate is being criticized for various reasons. Vivienne Westwood, a well-known British designer slammed the royal mom-to-be saying it would be better if she recycled her wardrobe more often.
Now, Hilary Mantel, the first Briton to twice win the Man Booker Award for fiction slammed Middleton during her book launch. She is known for her novel ‘Wolf Hall’. This is the first time someone had publicly and openly attacked the Duchess of Cambridge. She called the princess a ‘mannequin’ with a perfect plastic smile that looks like it has been designed by a committee. She further added that the only role the princess has is to breed and wear designer labels when stepping out.
She said, “I saw Kate becoming a jointed doll on which certain rags are hung. 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.”
Her comments have received mixed reviews from the public. Many have condemned the writer’s words by calling is ‘rude’, ‘venomous’ and ‘cruel’. While others said the comments are a thoughtful analysis of the role of the British royal women over the years. Many feel that it is a mere publicity stunt from the writer to gain some publicity.
Mantel had given a lecture at the London Review of Books on February 4th. The lecture was about the fascination with royalty, the lives of royal women and the absolute necessity of producing an heir. The literary magazine has re-printed her lecture on their website which contains her comments on the Duchess. She even compared the Duchess with William’s late mother, Diana. “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,” the writer said.
“Our current royal family doesn’t have the difficulties in breeding that pandas do, but pandas and royal persons alike are expensive to conserve and ill-adapted to any modern environment, but aren’t they interesting? Aren’t they nice to look at?” she further added!