I'm so nervous, says Kate
THE Duchess of Cambridge confessed yesterday that she is nervous about giving birth as the Prime Minister defended her against a scathing attack from novelist Hilary Mantel.
Kate, above, who is more than four months pregnant, showed off her baby bump for the first time at a public event.
Her concerns about the birth – the due date is July – came as she chatted to a group of women recovering from drink and drug addictions at a treatment centre run by the charity Action On Addiction of which she is patron.
But the royal visit was overshadowed by the furore caused by Mantel's comments, who suggested the Duchess is a "shop-window mannequin" with no personality whose only purpose is to breed.
During a lecture at the British Museum, the double Booker Prize-winner said Kate appeared to have been "gloss-varnished" with a perfect plastic smile.
The writer also seemed to suggest the "painfully thin" royal was selected for her role because she posed no risk of showing any character.
Prime Minister David Cameron, who is in New Delhi on an official visit to India, defended the Duchess.
Mr Cameron said of Mantel: "I think she writes great books, but I think what she's said about Kate Middleton is completely misguided and completely wrong."