UK author Mantel slams 'plastic princess' Kate

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    Jimizo

    A little unfair to single her out. She's just trying to play her part in the pantomime. It can't be easy to wear a silly grin all day, looking interested in chatting with the great unwashed. Her smile reminds me of the constipated look I have on photos with my in-laws.

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    SushiSake3

    "Mantel, 60, said Kate had neither the personality of William’s late mother Diana, princess of Wales, nor the presence of historical heavyweight Anne Boleyn, who features heavily in Mantel’s novel “Wolf Hall.”

    How bizarre.

    Kate Middleton is not Princess Diana. Why on earth is the writer making the comparison?

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    megosaa

    what's her problem??! why the need to compare kate with diana or anne??! not a very flattering photo of hilary "mental" here.

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    ChibaChick

    So basically Kate is a model princess, beautiful, perfect for the role, dignified and now carrying the heir to the throne without histrionics or drama. And shes criticised for it.

    Poor girl cant win really can she?

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    nandakandamanda

    Mantel's just jealous.

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    cleo

    Is Mantel criticising Kate? It seems to me more like she's criticising the whole idea of royalty and what makes the 'prefect princess' - ie someone who looks nice, isn't controversial and is fertile. A pretty, intelligent, vibrant woman, and her job is looking nice and having babies. A waste.

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    Knox Harrington

    Say what you will but this was refreshingly honest. Monarchies are such relics of the past. One thing that I find great is that Mantel can say these thing without any more repercussion than to be criticized by the media. Imagine if she tried this in Thailand. Would like to see some of this outspokenness here in Japan where tatemae is the norm.

  • -1

    SushiSake3

    Mantel's sure no Tolstoy!

  • 0

    SwissToni

    A bit of free controversy can't do book sales any harm can it?

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    Fugacis

    Well, on the one hand I think it's a refreshingly honest description of the role of a princess who's meant to bear the future heirs to the throne, and clearly a massive sigh of exasperation. On the other hand, I think it's really quite tasteless and wrong to keep comparing her to Diana Spencer. Loads of journalists keep doing it, and it's unfair and insulting; they're different people!

    But overall, I think the problem is how the media manipulates and pries into the lives of female celebrities, particularly royal ones, and about the expectations that our royal institution has for women.

    From the day they started going out, Kate Middleton had to endure the catcalls and name-calling of William Windsor's worthless upper-class, Eton-educated peers who thought that even her nouveau riche background was "common" and unworthy. There had been dozens of articles speculating about their relationship.

    Now with the marriage, she's into the circus that is the royal family, and her only role in the eyes of the media is to wear the same plastic grin as all the other women, and to bear children. It's an appallingly anachronistic view of women that's promulgated by the Head of State of the United Kingdom; enter into the family, and your sole worth is as a birth vessel for the future heirs to the throne. No personality, no intelligence, nothing that makes her an individual is valued, so of course it won't come out in the media. She's just another Stepford smiler, dutifully enacting her role.

    Mind you, this is one more argument for scrapping the whole rotten institution that is the monarchy. We are being ruled by a family who have no connection whatsoever to the ordinary people of Britain; they live on practically a different planet, as do the rest of the super rich. On the international stage, we are being represented by a practically feudal dynasty of privileged wasters, accustomed to being entitled to vast riches while their people suffer at the hands of the most reactionary, poor-hating Conservative government in decades.

    Abolish the monarchy, make them fend for themselves like the rest of us, and be done with these stupid media circuses into the lives of the shallow, cretinous, inbred toffs.

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    Jimizo

    I feel Kate's smile positively radiates sincerity and I'm in full agreement with our illustrious Prime Minister the right honorable David Cameron. Her style, grace, honesty and fashion sense certainly brighten up my day.

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    tmarie

    100% agree with her comments.

    **. A pretty, intelligent, vibrant woman, and her job is looking nice and having babies. A waste.**

    Waity Katie is not vibrant nor all that intelligent - what intelligent woman signs up for the circus she's in? Kate has done NOTHING in terms of working for a living and quit her job at her parent's company once William proposed. She sat around for YEARS waiting for her knight in shining armour. She's a throw back and there isn't anything to admire or cherish about this woman. She's a doll that is being used for dress up and she's more than happy to go along with it because it seems she has zero aspirations of her own. Her mom did a FINE job in programming her to be a golds digger - credit where it is due, she landed the big fish.

    Many, many other amazing role models out there for women and yet, the media wants to use her. Use her sister FFS if they must use someone from her family.

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    tmarie

    Actually, if anything, can we please use Chelsea as a role model? The smart, intelligent woman who told Harry to take a hike so she could focus on her career?

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    lucabrasi

    @Jimizo

    I really hope you have your tongue firmly in your cheek.

  • 1

    Surf O'Holic

    Royal family: Boring!

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    Cos

    Prince's wife : a “shop window mannequin” with a “plastic smile” whose only purpose is to breed.

    Yes, that's the dictionary's definition. Masako, Catherine, Charlene, Laeticia... Premium broodmares.

    Kate Middleton is not Princess Diana.

    She is Diana 2.0. She even wears Diana's engagement ring. You know the movie Stepford Wives ?

    A little unfair to single her out.

    She is the only one in the job in Britain. For what we know.

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    Thunderbird2

    Someone must have a new book coming out so she's getting herself in the papers - either that or she's just a bitter and twisted woman.

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    Fadamor

    So her basic criticism is that the Princess is too pretty to possibly be a real woman? I detect the faint odor of sour grapes.

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    Cos

    So her basic criticism is that the Princess is too pretty to possibly be a real woman?

    Let's be frank : She is not even half as cute as a panda. And they have otters in England. So I never got why they didn't take otters as Royals. The idea is the "pretty princesses" are as useful to the UK as the bikini dolls at the car shows and at the electronic component fairs. The makers of good products don't need that to attract attention, but the bad ones bring them by dozens. But well, certainly Cameron knows what he is worth, an he finds a need to carry around a duchess as a prop... because without Kate as a topic, the journalists would have just pushed him aside to interview Merkel.

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    gelendestrasse

    Someone must have a new book coming out so she's getting herself in the papers - either that or she's just a bitter and twisted woman...

    I'd go with bitter and twisted. What possible purpose could slagging another public figure accomplish?

    Maybe toss in jealousy too. Nobody is going to give Mantel a second look even with all her paint on.

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    tmarie

    Why would anyone be jealous of bring a bird in a cage rolled out to perform when the master demands?

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