Devon author Hilary Mantel attacks 'mannequin' Duchess of Cambridge
Devon author Hilary Mantel has launched a fierce attack on the Duchess of Cambridge, saying "her only point and purpose (is) to give birth."
The 60-year-old author, who won the Man Booker Prize in 2009 and 2012, compared Kate to Anne Boleyn, Marie Antoinette and Princess Diana during the lecture entitled Undressing Anne Boleyn.
"It's rather that I saw Kate becoming a jointed doll on which certain rags are hung," said the Budleigh Salterton-based writer.
"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 ... her only point and purpose being to give birth."