Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge was attacked by twice booker prize winner Hilary Mantel last week for being “plastic” with “no personality,” but now a fellow writer Barbara Taylor Bradford has hit back claiming she's glad the newest member of the royal family, is “normal”.
The 'Secrets From The Past' novelist, who claims to be a Mantel fan, has a very different take on the future queen, claiming her to be “naturally beautiful” “gracious and caring.”
She wrote in the Telegraph this weekend: “Personally, I do not view the Duchess as a plastic person. I think she is naturally beautiful and appears to be gracious and caring. You see her on television and she is very sweet with everyone she meets and, in particular, with children, very pleasant.”
Kate shows off baby bump only a day after being branded a 'plastic princess' by Hilary Mantel (Splash News)
Defending Kate on Mantel's main attack, that she was without personality, Taylor Bradford claims she's relieved the Duchess doesn't have any “oddities,” and points out the strength she's shown on becoming the most famous woman on the planet, without putting a foot wrong.
“She is not a blank,” the writer claimed.
“She persuaded William not to leave St Andrews University after his first term because he was homesick, for instance. She came up with ideas for other courses he could take that would interest him. She was tremendously supportive and became a confidante.”
Revealing she had done intense research into the Duchess' pre-royal background before her marriage to Prince William, Taylor Bradford claimed Kate was not just highly intelligent, but a great athlete and well liked.
“She had 11 GCSEs, three A-levels, as well an upper second-class honours degree in art history from St Andrews. She was a great athlete and generally well-liked. I couldn’t help thinking that the Queen must be relieved that Kate Middleton, as she was then, was normal.”
She went on: “Normal! What’s wrong with being normal? A pleasant person who is polite, who doesn’t want to rock the boat. That is a point on which I agree with Mantel – Kate is without “oddities”, and thank goodness for that.”
Taylor Bradford claimed the strength and grace Kate has shown throughout her short royal life was on display when she visited the Action on Addiction centre in South London last week a day after Mantel's comments about her weight, appearance and personality hit headlines around the globe.
“Holding her head high” the Duchess stuck to her commitments despite the hugely demeaning and embarrassing comments made about her, still being discussed.
“Kate is a young woman who is about to have a baby,” Taylor Bradford said. “Wouldn’t you feel unnerved doing a charity event, as she did on the same day, her pregnancy visible in public for the first time, when the papers were full of this story? Still, there she was, with her head held high, and she went out and did her job.”
Clarence House declined to comment on the Hilary Mantel essay when contacted by EntertainmentWise. The discussion of the royal was made last week in a 5,800 essay discussing, predominately the wives of Henry VIII. But it was the Middleton comments that made front page news.
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