Amid headline-grabbing diss aimed at her by award-winning author Hilary Mantel, Duchess Kate Middleton appeared all smiles as she paid visit to Hope House treatment center in London on Tuesday, February 19. Showing off her baby bump for the first time in an elegant gray dress, the wife of Prince William looked stunning as usual when she visited the women in the facility who were recovering from alcohol and drug addiction.
Shortly before her visit, Kate was slammed by writer Mantel who publicly called the princess a "shop window mannequin with a plastic smile." The author went on making an insulting remark by branding the royal lady a baby-producing machine with no personality or emotions. The harsh comments quickly stirred public outrage and even Prime Minister David Cameron had to weigh in on the issue.
"She writes great books, but what she's said about Kate is completely misguided and completely wrong," Cameron said. "What I've seen of Kate at public events, at the Olympics and elsewhere, is someone who's bright, who's engaging, who's a fantastic ambassador for Britain. We should be proud of that, rather than make these rather misguided remarks."
Cameron was not the only one who defended the princess as Labor leader Ed Miliband added, "These are pretty offensive remarks, I don't agree with them." He claimed, "Kate Middleton is doing a brilliant job in a difficult role. She's a huge asset to the country. She deserves our support."
Kate herself hasn't said anything about the remarks. However, royal commentator Ingrid Seward explained that "Kate is four months pregnant and completely unable to answer back. I think the comments are gratuitously nasty and are completely untrue."
Mantel made her blatant remarks when delivering a speech at the British Museum earlier this month. The speech was reproduced this week in the London Review of Books. In it, the author also said, "I saw Kate becoming a jointed doll on which certain rags are hung."
"In those days she was a shop-window mannequin, with no personality of her own, entirely defined by what she wore. These days she is a mother-to-be, and draped in another set of threadbare attributions. Once she gets over being sick, the press will find that she is radiant. They will find that this young woman's life until now was nothing, her only point and purpose being to give birth."