Ms Mantel. We would seem to have here a case of a fat old bag hating someone much more attractive and pleasant than herself. Mantel is very egotistical and a former member of the Young Communist League -- an unsurprising combination
She is a double Booker Prize winner, the darling of the literary establishment. And Hilary Mantel has used her position among the novel-writing elite to launch an astonishing and venomous attack on the Duchess of Cambridge.
Mantel, whose latest books are set in the Tudor court, dismissed Kate as a ‘machine-made’ princess, ‘designed by committee’.
Mantel, 60, also scorned her as a personality-free ‘shop window mannequin’ with a ‘plastic smile’.
She compared Kate unfavourably to both Anne Boleyn – one of her historical heroines – and to Princess Diana, insisting both had more personality.
She said Kate had gone from being a ‘jointed doll on which certain rags are hung’ to a woman whose ‘only point and purpose’ was to give birth.
Mantel said Kate ‘appeared to have been designed by a committee and built by craftsmen, with a perfect plastic smile and the spindles of her limbs hand-turned and gloss-varnished’.
She said the Duchess was quite unlike Anne Boleyn, who was ‘a power player, a clever and determined woman.’
Mantel contrasted her appearance to Prince William’s mother, Diana, ‘whose human awkwardness and emotional incontinence showed in her every gesture’.
Mantel, the author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, the acclaimed novels which detail the failure of Henry VIII’s wives to produce an heir, used a lecture to examine the prospects for the future queen consort.
Mantel said that when she first saw Kate Middleton, she struck her as ‘a shop-window mannequin, with no personality of her own, entirely defined by what she wore.’
Ms Mantel’s comments on the Duchess of Cambridge’s appearance comes shortly after she spoke about having body issues of her own.
Ms Mantel went from a size ten to a size 20 in nine months after she was diagnosed with severe endometrosis at the age of 27.
The treatment, which included surgery removing her womb leaving her infertile, caused her to gain four stone.
The 60-year-old author said she sometimes dream of being thin again.
Mantel went on to say that female Royals were ‘at the most basic... breeding stock, collections of organs.’
Although she is usually referred to simply as the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine's full title and style is Her Royal Highness Princess William, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Lady Carrickfergus. No wonder Mantel hates her.
Mantel's quite explicit refusal to see the Duchess as as human being is very Communist. Leftists generally seem to see classes of people only, not individual people.
And as a monarchist happily living in a constitutional monarchy, I feel perfectly entitled to refer to Mantel as a "fat old bag" -- in response to much worse that she said about a member of the Royal family. The Royal family themselves will of course have no comment on the matter
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).