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Pregnant Duchess makes first Royal visit
with bump clearly on show as author
Hilary Mantel faces backlash for
calling her ´plastic´ and ´painfully thin´

Daily Mail [UK], by Francesca Infante, Rebecca English

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 2/19/2013 8:02:09 AM

Thousands of people came out in support of the Duchess of Cambridge after Hilary Mantel launched a scathing attack about her. The double Booker Prize winner, whose latest books are set in the Tudor court, dismissed Kate as a ‘machine-made’ princess, ‘designed by committee’. But where the author described her as ´plastic´ and as a personality-free ‘shop window mannequin’ with a ‘plastic smile’, many have come out to say that the Duchess is a warm, intelligent woman. Mantel, 60, compared Kate unfavourably to both Anne Boleyn--one of her historical heroines--and to Princess Diana, insisting both had more personality.

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Poor Kate--I remember all too well being called painfully thin. No matter how much I ate I still couldn´t put on the pounds. (Until I was in my mid-fifties, that is.)

It´s a British type (remember Twiggy?), not seen as much as in my day when girls had to play hockey, tennis, netball, etc.--yes, on the Yorkshire Moors, wind off the Urals and cold water in the showers.

From the photos it seems the author appears to be a pot looking for a kettle to call black and failing miserably.

I´ve read Mantel and am not impressed.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ZurichMike, 2/19/2013 8:09:47 AM     (No. 9184442)

Yes, beauty and is skin deep, but ugly goes straight to the bone. Hilary Mantel should know.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rather Read, 2/19/2013 8:31:53 AM     (No. 9184475)

Hilary Mantel takes steroids for an illness and that has wreaked havoc with her appearance. Poor dear. But that doesn´t excuse her nastiness toward Duchess Kate, who seems a kind young woman. Ignore the mean girl, Kate.

And Hilary - I tried to read Wolf Hall. I did not succeed.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/19/2013 8:48:01 AM     (No. 9184496)

I tried to read Mantel and found her to be windy. Meh.

No wonder she is fixated on the Duchess´s smile. Look at those ugly yellow teeth. She´s sort of a Hillary look-alike.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 2/19/2013 8:51:01 AM     (No. 9184503)

No medication did this. Hillary has fame and acclaim but hates her mirror so lashes out at beautiful young Kate:

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/Hilary-Mantel-Booker.jpg

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Reply 5 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 2/19/2013 8:53:05 AM     (No. 9184509)

And yes, I guess Hilary would think Kate was "painfully thin":

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2012/10/16/1350413532110/Hilary-Mantel-010.jpg

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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/19/2013 8:58:40 AM     (No. 9184518)

Here´s why she could be jealous of a young woman who can bear children:

During her twenties, Mantel suffered from a debilitating and painful illness. She was initially diagnosed with a psychiatric illness, hospitalised, and treated with antipsychotic drugs. These drugs paradoxically produced psychotic symptoms, and as a consequence, Mantel refrained from seeking help from doctors for some years. Finally, in Botswana and desperate, she consulted a medical textbook and realised she was probably suffering from a severe form of endometriosis, a diagnosis confirmed by doctors in London. The condition and necessary surgery left her unable to have children and continued to disrupt her life. Continued treatment by steroids caused weight gain and radically changed her appearance.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilary_Mantel

A read of her bio reveals she´s had a lot of physical and mental problems. An unhappy woman, lashing out.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Pros7767, 2/19/2013 9:03:28 AM     (No. 9184524)

Mantel should stuff a sock in it! Kate is beautiful, elegant, classy and most importantly clearly in love with William.

They represent the proper order of things, fall in love, get married and then have a baby that you raise together.

And there is nothing wrong with calling it a baby bump! It´s been called that for years affectionately by pregnant women.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 2/19/2013 9:11:05 AM     (No. 9184540)

Hilary who?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: donnaclaire, 2/19/2013 9:17:37 AM     (No. 9184554)

I, too, hate the word, baby bump. Sounds so trivial and slick.

Now about that old heifer, Mantel. She has to be ´insanely jealous´ of Kate to go on about her this way. Kate is a beautiful woman and some women can´t handle it.

And Ms. Mantel - Jealousy and envy are extremely unattractive traits - especially so in you. Try to get over it because if your attitude continues and gets worse, it´s only going to cause you greater pain and ridicule. You sound and appear to be a hate-filled old bag. For your sake, don´t make it any worse.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: thelmalou, 2/19/2013 9:26:33 AM     (No. 9184570)

Hey, chick - don´t mess with our Kate. And thanks to others for saving me the trouble of trying to read any of this silly woman´s books.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: joew9, 2/19/2013 9:29:53 AM     (No. 9184574)

The English have such important things to discuss in their papers. But wait - we have TMZ!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: JAN, 2/19/2013 9:52:13 AM     (No. 9184609)

The british media is notoriously ugly.

They bashed Fergie for being too plump, now they´re whining about this beautiful young woman as being too plastic.

All the msm is alike. Hate ridden to the core of their soul.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: PageTurner, 2/19/2013 10:03:55 AM     (No. 9184641)

Who are these hags? First Vivienne Westwood and now Hilary Mantel. Brit-on-Brit jealousy of a younger, prettier woman who has caused no offense whatsoever.

You can see where Shakespeare got the idea for his MacBeth witches.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 2/19/2013 10:38:19 AM     (No. 9184721)

Mantel´s heroine, Anne Boleyn, "was a power player"? If so, once she had bagged herself a king, she played ineptly, and lost badly. Boleyn lost everything, including her head, if the history I was taught is correct.
Mantel might reconsider: The Duchess has so far (over the last ten years or so) shown herself to be a far more subtle and shrewder player than either Boleyn or Diana.

Poor Diana, despite the "star quality" that made her queen of the popular press, was too crippled by her own neuroses and insecurities to ever get beyond the first quarter of the game.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: avikingman, 2/19/2013 10:41:57 AM     (No. 9184731)

I think she´s beautiful. Others should put down the doughnuts.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: whiskey, 2/19/2013 10:55:43 AM     (No. 9184759)

Thank You #8 you said what I wanted to say,and you said it well.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 2/19/2013 11:00:18 AM     (No. 9184777)

Considering that she had to spend time in the hospital with such severe morning sickness during the first trimester, the Duchess is looking wonderful. Plus, she is a tall young lady so she has more room for baby expansion than us short gals.

As to the author, as well read as I am on English monarchal history, I have never heard of this woman. I will avoid her rantings in the future should I run across them at the library.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Boneshaker, 2/19/2013 11:43:00 AM     (No. 9184879)

Kate is lucious - and so is Pippa.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: lylacat, 2/19/2013 12:53:27 PM     (No. 9185026)

Kate is such a sweet thing. William and Kate will save the monarchy. If the Brits ever crown poor dopey Charlie as king and that wretched Camille, I think it is over for them. Their only hope is with this bright young William and Kate.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: msjena, 2/19/2013 1:01:50 PM     (No. 9185044)

Does being "painfully thin" make her plastic? I don´t get the connection. I think Kate seems like a warm and "real" person. She is the best thing to happen to the Royals in years. If she is in fact "painfully thin, that seems to me to be more a cause for worry than criticism.
(As an aside, if she were "too thin," she probably would not have been able to get pregnant).

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Reply 21 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/20/2013 12:10:20 AM     (No. 9185993)

Clearly, Kate is painfully thin compared to Hillar who hasn´t seen her feet for some time.

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