Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge has been defended by Prime Minister David Cameran and the chief executive of charitable organisation Action on Addiction, of which the royal is patron after she was labelled “plastic” and a “mannequin” by Booker prize winner Hilary Mantel.
Cameron has hit out at Hilary Mantel's comments on the Duchess of Cambridge claiming they are “completely wrong”.
He told the BBC: “What I've seen of Princess Kate at public events, at the Olympics and elsewhere is this 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."
He's not the only one who has lept to the Duchess' defence. Nick Barton, the chief executive of Action on Addiction claimed he had found her "natural," and "very intelligent."
Speaking ahead of the Duchess' visit to women's addiction recovery centre Hope House in South London today, where the 31 year-old will speak to those who've benefited from the work of the charity, he told the Telegraph.
“I can only speak of what I know, and having met the Duchess several times I find her to be engaging, natural and genuinely interested in the subject,” he insisted.
“You can tell a lot about someone from the questions they ask and she asks really good questions, the questions of someone who wants to learn. She is also an intelligent woman.
“Having her as Patron of the charity draws attention to the cause of addiction as a whole, which is not always an easy subject.
He went on: “She is doing an enormous amount to reduce the stigma of addiction and increase understanding of it.”
How shiny is her hair? Kate visits Action on Addiction alcohol free bar in Liverpool last February (WENN)
The visit today with be the Duchess' first official engagement since announcing her pregnancy in December. Mantel caused a stir with her comments on the future queen during a lecture yesterday.
Assessing her against previous royal women, she found Prince William's wife didn't match up. According to The Telegraph, Mantel said: “In those days she was a shop-window mannequin, with no personality of her own, entirely defined by what she wore.”
“[Kate's] painfully thin as anyone could wish, without quirks, without oddities, without the risk of the emergence of character."
Comparing her to her famous mother in law, the late Princess Diana, she went on: “She appears precision-made, machine-made, so different from Diana whose human awkwardness and emotional incontinence showed in her every gesture.
“[She] appeared to have been designed by a committee and built by craftsmen, with a perfect plastic smile and the spindles of her limbs hand-turned and gloss-varnished.”
The double booker prize winner has penned two novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies on the failure of King Henry VIII's ability to produce an heir, gave her thoughts about the future queen during a London Review of Book lecture on Royal Bodies at the British Museum in London yesterday. (Feb 18)