The Hilary & Kate Row: What Was Actually Said
When the world press went into a froth over Hilary Mantel’s remarks about the ‘Plastic Princess’ Kate Middleton, the worst thing that could have happened, happened. David Caeron decided to weigh in with his two cents’ worth, predictably siding with the royals and getting his facts wrong in the process. It was a biut like the moment when the Pope decided to comment on ‘The Da Vinci Code’.
For the record, what Mantel said was part of a larger essay about the role of monarchy in modern society, and like everything else she writes, is a brilliantly sustained piece of prose. I particularly liked the part about the kebab sticks. I’ve linked the full text of the speech – take a few minutes to read it here – you’ll be glad you did.