Author Bashes 'Thin' Kate Middleton & Her 'Perfect Plastic Smile'

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kate middletonI didn't think it was possible, but somebody actually went and did it: Someone said something bad (really, really bad) about Kate Middleton. During a lecture about royalty, novelist Hilary Mantel ripped the Duchess of Cambridge to shreds, saying things like: Kate is a "jointed doll". She has "no personality of her own, entirely defined by what she wore". She has a "perfect plastic smile". And she's been selected for her role of princess to "breed in some manners" and because she's "irreproachable: as painfully thin as anyone could wish, without quirks, without oddities, without the risk of the emergence of character".

Mantel's harsh words about Kate were amidst a lecture for the London Review of Books called "Royal Bodies", and the gist of the talk was about how, since the beginning of time, queens have been selected based on their appearance and their fertility. In other words: Mantel was calling Kate beautiful, and a woman who will most likely breed a beautiful child. She's saying Kate's a good bet (if you're into that sort of thing).

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While I wouldn't dispute the general message behind Mantel's lecture -- female rulers originally (still?) being selected on their looks/fertility -- I do find her words to be a tad ... inappropriate. Yes, Kate is a gorgeous woman who will produce a lovely child for the royal family -- you don't need a PhD in Anthropology to know that. But calling her a "jointed doll" who will probably have a child "without character" is also calling Kate, well, boring.

The Kate we see is always polished and poised and without a hair out of place -- as every royal/celebrity is. Part of Kate's job is to look perfect when she's out and about and at official engagements. It would be inappropriate to see her in frumpy clothes and acting unruly. But the Kate we don't see -- the Kate that takes her top off to sunbathe; the Kate who won't say she'll "obey" her husband; the Kate who bucks royal tradition and spends Christmas with her family -- is still part of her. Just because she's aesthetically-pleasing, doesn't mean she'll produce another human "without character". Doesn't mean she and Prince William's child won't have a "personality of their own."

I get what Mantel was trying to say, but I think the language she chose left something to be desired. And not just because the world has to kiss Kate Middleton's royal ass 24:7. Because some of it just isn't true.

What do you think of this writer's words about Kate?


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Jessica Adamczyk

I totally agree with Nicole Fabian-Webber. Mantel almost sound bitter and jealous. EVERY princess or Queen acts like Kate. Perfect,poised,proper and always with a smile. I'd like to see Mantel try and hold up that appearance in the midst of all the pressure Kate surely feels and while having an uncomfortable pregnancy.

Mocha... MochaCocoaBean

Mantel used this as opening remarks for a much deeper topic on views of royalty. Was this the right thing to say? Perhaps no. But it was a small statement being taken very much out of context.

Blueeyesofelvis Gett

leave kate alone. she has had nine years to learn how to act out in public. If this keeps the Queen happy and Kate can still do her thing at home, let it go. I would tell this lady if you have another thought  LET IT GO

Courtenay Harrold Sheppard

Whenever I read scathing, ugly remarks about someone who's classy, attractive, and has a figure to-die-for, is: that person's jealous! It's such obvious sour grapes coming from Mantel, it's easy not to take her jabs too seriously. For all her education and credentials, Mantel sure is transparent in her petty tirade. But Kate's such a classy lady... it probably didn't even ruffle her gorgeous layered locks!

Tammatha Brown

Kate is very poised and polished but that is training and part of her personality. But lets be honest here she is attractive, but far from beautiful. The word so easily spills out of peoples mouths about famous people only because they are in the public eye. She reminds me of a chipmunk, her features are not refined nor beautiful. 

nonmember avatar night magic

Kate seems like a lovely lady and doesnt deserve any of the criticism !!!

Зулфия Петрова

I love kate!! Sad for that other lady..I guess she has never heard this rule before: if you don't have anything nice to say...Don't say anything at all!!

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