NOVELIST Hilary Mantel has delivered a withering assessment of Kate Middleton, dismissing her as a personality-free "shop window mannequin" whose sole purpose is to deliver an heir to the throne.
The pregnant Duchess is a bland princess who lacks Anne Boleyn's cleverness and Diana's ability to transform herself into an avenging wraith, the double Booker Prize-winning writer claims. Delivering a London Review of Books lecture, the author of 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up The Bodies' – the acclaimed novels which detail the failure of Henry VIII's wives to produce an heir – said Kate appeared at first impression "a jointed doll on which certain rags are hung . . . a shop-window mannequin, with no personality of her own."