LONDON (AP) — A novelist, a duchess and a tabloid newspaper have made an explosive combination in Britain.
The Daily Mail on Tuesday ran a front-page story about Booker Prize-winner Hilary Mantel's "venomous attack" on the former Kate Middleton.
In a speech earlier this month, Mantel characterized Prince William's wife as "a jointed doll on which certain rags were hung ... a shop-window mannequin" with "a perfect plastic smile."
Mantel's speech was about the public's complex and uneasy relationship with royalty. But for the Daily Mail, it was "an astonishing and venomous attack on the Duchess of Cambridge."
The topic split online opinion, with some readers slamming Mantel and others defending her.
Mantel won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2009 and 2012 for her Tudor novels "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies."