Thomson ReutersFebruary 19, 2013 06:45
* Top UK author Hilary Mantel compares Kate Middleton to mannequin
* Says "painfully thin" princess's only job is to provide heir
* Mantel examined role of royal women over the centuries
By Peter Griffiths
LONDON, Feb 19 (Reuters) - One of Britain's most celebrated authors has launched a withering attack on Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, branding her a "shop-window mannequin" with a plastic smile whose only role in life is to breed.