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British novelist Mantel defends Kate comments

British novelist Hilary Mantel on Thursday defended her much-criticised comments about Prince William's wife Catherine, saying that she "meant nothing but good to her". Prime Minister David Cameron waded in the row which erupted last month when Mantel described Catherine as a "shop window mannequin" with a "plastic smile" whose only purpose is to breed. He called the double Booker Prize-winning author's comments as "completely wrong", while Britain's patriotic press leapt to the defence of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge.

British novelist slams 'plastic' Kate

British novelist Hilary Mantel faced a right royal backlash on Tuesday after describing Prince William's wife Catherine as a "shop window mannequin" with a "plastic smile" whose only purpose is to breed. Prime Minister David Cameron waded in to the row by criticising the double Booker Prize-winning author's comments as "completely wrong", while Britain's patriotic press leapt to the defence of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge.

UPDATE 1-British author attacks "plastic" princess Kate

* Top UK author Hilary Mantel compares Kate Middleton to mannequin * Says "painfully thin" princess's only job is to provide heir * Prime Minister Cameron says Mantel is "completely wrong" * Mantel examined role of royal women over the centuries (Adds Cameron; royal visit; public reaction) By Clare Hutchison and Peter Griffiths

Off with her head: UK author slams 'plastic' Kate

British novelist Hilary Mantel faced a right royal row on Tuesday after describing Prince William's wife Catherine as a "shop window mannequin" with a "plastic smile" whose only purpose is to breed. Prime Minister David Cameron criticised the double Booker Prize-winning author's comments as "completely wrong" while Britain's patriotic press leapt to the defence of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge.

British author attacks "plastic" princess Kate

* 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.
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