Kate Middleton “Attacked”, Compared To Mannequin

    February 19, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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Kate Middleton has certainly seen her share of headlines lately, whether from her hospitalization for severe morning sickness or because she was snapped while baring her “baby bump” in a bikini recently. She is one of the most recognized faces in the world right now, yet she’s also a person we don’t know much about outside of her pedigree. Perhaps that’s why a lecture by novelist Hilary Mantel is garnering so much controversy.

Mantel, a Booker Prize-winning author, spoke about the Duchess before a gathering at the British Museum, saying she is entirely defined by what the royal family wants her to be: a good wife and mother to an heir.

“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,” Mantel said.

Mantel’s opinion seems to be that Middleton was the perfect choice as wife for Prince William because she seems so bland and safe…unlike Princess Diana, who was as human and flawed as the rest of us. She went on to say, “Kate seems to have been selected for her role of princess because she was irreproachable: 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 whose human awkwardness and emotional incontinence showed in her every gesture.”

Mantel’s lecture is catching a lot of heat today from Palace supporters, but some think the words are long overdue, and not because they are at Kate’s expense; rather, because the role of royal women over the years has been frightfully consistent.

  • Aileen

    I think she’s right.

  • Allie

    I could care less about “royalty”, myself, but let’s all just leave this girl alone. She is a human being. I am sure that she has feelings. She is expecting a child. Be kind.

  • londonderry

    Dinna was a neurotic, attention seeking mess… Kate seems far more normal to me. She only seems thin because there are so many overweight people around and from my reading of the stories, it seems William “found ” her, not his family.
    Leave her alone or she will end up like Dianna!!

    • jack

      Learn to spell and invent the dentist

  • http://Yahoo Valerie McClelland

    I think she’s wrong. Kate has the same type of inborn charisma to be a “noble”. Restraint and pleasantness is required. I’d much rather that she be like she is (and she does seem happy) than be like Fergie and disgrace herself, her husband, and the royal family. If the press likes “playgirl” royals, then they are just going to have re-play Fergie.

  • http://WebProNews/Life Emma Hatch

    Leave the poor girl alone!! She does a wonderful job, and has brought dignity back to the Royal Family. She deserves our respect.

  • Carolyn

    Leave her alone. Who knows what she is like when its just she & William. Its there life. Did you ever think she does what is necessary when it is necessary.

    • marie

      I agree totally. Classy, truthful, eloquent, respectful, proper. They are just not qualities that are admired any more.

  • Drew

    She is classy and beautiful. The world doesn’t appreciate classy anymore. Shame. She seems to be superior to Diana as a royal. What is this boorish notion that we want our great people to be common? Why don’t we revere the great uncommoner anymore?

  • mary

    How sad that people are only interested in talking about people they have never really known personaly except by papparazzi pictures and statements. I agree that everybody has a right to an opinion but who has the right om this planet earth to pass any judgement anyway leave her alone as if anyone has nothing nice to say it is probably better to say nothing at all I believe that she is a very composed dedicated and a loyal loving woman devoted to her prince in each and every way she is doing a great job as I am sure they have faults like we all do as they are human too maybe it would be better to focus on our own faults than the faults or short comings they find in others as is’nt it written somewhere that you will be judged as you judge others hmmmm sounds like you better clean your own backyard before you throw trash in someone elses I havent met anyone that is perfect in my life on this earth and when I meet my maker it is solely his job to pass judgement on my life not somebody else