The Straits Times
Published on Feb 19, 2013

Kate Middleton is "machine-made" princess, says acclaimed author Hilary Mantel


LONDON (AFP) - Double Booker Prize winning author Hilary Mantel labelled the Duchess of Cambridge a "machine-made" princess "designed by committee".

Mantel, 60, also accused the pregnant 31-year-old princess of being a "shop window mannequin" with a "plastic smile".

She gave the comments in a lecture, entitled Royal Bodies, on Feb 4 for the London Review Of Books at the British Museum. The lecture will be published in the latest edition of the review on Thursday.

She said Kate, 31, had neither the personality of Princess Diana, mother of her husband Prince William, nor the presence of historical heavyweight Anne Boleyn, who features heavily in Mantel's decorated novel Wolf Hall.