Kate’s Critics Get Blasted, But Are They Right?

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The Duchess of Cambridge, on her first royal tour, visiting Ottawa for Canada Day celebrations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kate has been criticized yet again. Girlfriend better get a tough skin, or at least prove her mettle to offset the complaints.

Author Hilary Mantel famously criticized Kate and the Royal family during a recent lecture. Now Sandi Toksvig, a radio host on BBC Radio 4, takes her turn.

“Kate Middleton is not enough for me,” she said, speaking to the Observer Magazine.

“We used to admire women who got their place in life through marriage and having children, but I like to think we’ve grown up a bit.

“I can’t think of a single opinion [the Duchess] holds – it’s very Jane Austen.” said Toksvig.

This follows Mantel’s remarks that Kate is a “shop-window mannequin, with no personality of her own, entirely defined by what she wore.” Mantel said that she does not regret her statements.

The mature people of the world immediately attacked their appearances with cruel remarks, because obviously beauty trumps reason! Why should these women be castigated for their comments, completely within the bounds of free speech and common sense? Did anyone actually stop to listen to the content of what they were saying?

Before you get the idea that I dislike Kate, I don’t. She is fairly unremarkable, however – at least for the moment.

I think what Mantel and Toksvig are saying is that we don’t know Kate, by the Duchess’ own design and the wishes of the Palace. We don’t really know what the Duchess is made of, we just see a work-shy young girl who married a prince, and is now known for smiling prettily and flipping her hair out of her face.

Kate needs to step forward and show herself. Then again, the Palace does not want another scene-hogging Diana, so a quieter person such as Kate is ideal for them. Case in point, neither Kate nor the Palace is doing her any favors by making her a blank slate.

Take note, Palace – until the caterpillar emerges from the chrysalis, the comments will continue.


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  • Hi Mandy, hope you are well. I think you are right about Kate, she just hasn't shown what good she can bring. As you know, i really feel she needs to start doing more work, take on more charities and stop shopping every single day. I understand the Palace's reasons fr being cautious and easing her in after what happened with Diana and Fergie, but seriously, we know nothing about Kate at all!! We have only heard her speak publicly about two or three times in two years. I can understand (for the moment at least) William's reason for not always doing public engagements, but what does Kate do all day? For all we know she could be working hard for her charities, researching new ones and training herself in some way for her future role, and if so, we need to know about that, otherwise the critics will just keep on growing. Anyway sorry if this sounds a little garbled, it's a bit late and i probably should go to bed lol. All the best :)
    • Thanks for commenting, James! I am glad you share my thoughts on this. I think Kate could be a real force for good, but at the moment she's just... there. Not a good spot to be in when you are faced with the shadow of the Queen Mother, the Queen, Princess Anne, and your late mother-in-law.