Has the author Hilary Mantel actually met the Duchess of Cambridge? I suspect she hasn’t. Either way her comments* that Kate is ‘designed by a committee’ with a ‘plastic smile’ are really very insulting, not just to Kate but as a woman to another woman (so much for sisterhood).
‘In those days she was a shop-window mannequin, with no personality of her own, entirely defined by what she wore,’ she adds. ‘These days she is a mother-to-be, and draped in another set of threadbare attributions… her only point and purpose being to give birth.’
A saucer of milk for Ms Mantel.
As I’ve said before, I’ve seen Kate in the living, breathing flesh. There is nothing plastic or fake about her. The warmth and genuine affection between her and her husband is obvious, her smile is genuine. She is an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary position – can you imagine how nerve-wracking it must be? – and I’d say she’s handling it pretty well. She’s making speeches and appears confident and in control. And she is also deeply in love with her husband.
Of course she has to provide a son and heir for Prince William – but I’m guessing she thought about the whole package very carefully when she signed up. She doesn’t strike me as someone who is naive or not fully aware of all the responsibilities that come with being part of The Firm.
And the fact is, even if they were not royal, I suspect she’d want to give her husband a child, because that’s a completely natural emotion when you love someone and have a strong maternal instinct.
Give her a break.
*I have, by the way, read Hilary Mantel’s entire lecture on the London Review of Books. I always do my homework.