The double Booker Prize-winning author labelled the duchess a "jointed doll" in a recent lecture at the British Museum, arguing that she had "no personality of her own" and was solely defined by her fashion choices.
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Mantel said that Kate "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".
"Presumably Kate was designed to breed in some manners," the Wolf Hall writer added. "She looks like a nicely brought up young lady, with 'please' and 'thank you' part of her vocabulary."
Mantel continued by saying that her first impressions of Kate were as "a jointed doll on which certain rags are hung... In those days she was a shop-window mannequin, with no personality of her own, entirely defined by what she wore.
"These days she is a mother-to-be, and draped in another set of threadbare attributions... her only point and purpose being to give birth."
Mantel also criticised Kate's first official portrait as Duchess of Cambridge, saying: "Her eyes are dead, and she wears the strained smile of a woman who really wants to tell the painter to bugger off."
She also drew comparisons between the duchess and other royals such as Diana, Princess of Wales, Anne Boleyn and Marie Antoinette in her speech.
Mantel's lecture 'Undressing Anne Boleyn' was originally given on February 4 and the full text will appear in the new edition of the London Review of Books, which is published on Thursday (February 21).
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