David Cameron defends Kate Middleton over Hilary Mantel comments

Eleanor Young
by Eleanor Young
Kate Middleton
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Kate Middleton showed no sign of any distress over Hilary Mantel's 'plastic princess' comments as she showed off her baby bump during an official outing yesterday afternoon.

Nevertheless, Prime Minister David Cameron leapt to the Duchess of Cambridge's defence when he was told of the remarks, branding the Mantel's comments 'completely misguided'.

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The novelist courted controversy as she launched her latest book on Monday, branding Kate Middleton a 'plastic princess' and 'nothing more than a ‘jointed doll on which certain rags are hung.'

No sooner had he heard the comments than David Cameron waded into the argument, with his own opinion on Mantel's comments.

He said: She writes great books, but what she’s said about Kate is completely misguided and completely wrong.

'What I’ve seen of Kate at public events, at the Olympics and elsewhere, 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.'

And David Cameron wasn't the only high profile figure to rush to Kate's defence.

Labour leader Ed Miliband branded the remarks 'offensive' and said the Duchess is doing a 'brilliant job' in her new role.

'These are pretty offensive remarks, I don’t agree with them.

'Kate Middleton is doing a brilliant job in a difficult role. She’s a huge asset to the country. She deserves our support.'

Royal commentator Ingrid Seward called Mantel's observations 'gratuitously nasty,' adding: 'Kate is four months pregnant and completely unable to answer back.

'I think the comments are gratuitously nasty and are completely untrue.'

Yesterday Kate Middleton showed off her baby bump for the first time during a charity visit to an Action on Addiction centre in London yesterday.

Looking healthy and happy with a pregnancy glow, the Duchess met patients and staff at the Chiswick centre, revealing to one she was 'nervous' about the arrival of her first child.

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What do you think of yesterday's Kate Middleton comments? Were they misguided? Let us know in the comments box below…

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