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Kate puts her baby bump on parade as massive backlash hits best-selling author who called her a ‘plastic princess made for breeding’

  • Hilary Mantel calls Duchess of Cambridge ‘bland’ and ‘machine made’
  • Said impression of future queen was ‘jointed doll on which rags are hung’
  • Double Booker prize winner said Duchess was ‘born to breed’ and a ‘plastic princess’
  • David Cameron wades into row saying that Mantel’s words were ‘hurtful’
  • Kate chats to clients at addiction clinic on her first engagement this year
  • Confessed to feeling ‘nervous’ about giving birth

Thousands of people came out in support of the Duchess of Cambridge today after Hilary Mantel launched a scathing attack labelling her ‘plastic’.

The double Booker Prize winner, whose latest books are set in the Tudor court, dismissed Kate as a ‘machine-made’ princess, ‘designed by committee’.

But where the author described her as a personality-free ‘shop window mannequin’ with a ‘plastic smile’, thousands of Britons leapt to her defence saying the Duchess is a warm, intelligent woman.

And the Duchess certainly did not seem put off by the comments as she displayed her baby bump at Hope House, an addiction recovery centre for women in Clapham, south London this morning.

Mantel, 60, 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’.

Now David Cameron, while on a trip to India, has reportedly waded into the row to support the pregnant Duchess.

He said that Hilary Martel is ‘a great writer’ but described her comments on Kate as ‘a hurtful thing to say’, according to reports.

He described the comments about the Duchess of Cambridge as ‘completely misguided and completely wrong’.


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