7:54 pm, Tue 19 Feb 2013 PM: Novelist 'wrong' about Kate
Kate appearance overshadowed by Mantel comments
The Duchess of Cambridge, back on official duty, visited an addiction treatment centre in south London today.
But her appearance was overshadowed by comments from author Hilary Mantel, who has compared Kate Middleton to a "shop-window mannequin".
ITV News’ Nina Nannar reports:
5:09 pm, Tue 19 Feb 2013 PM: Novelist 'wrong' about Kate
Cameron: Mantel 'wrong and misguided' about Kate
David Cameron has criticised author Hilary Mantel for describing the Duchess of Cambridge as being a "shop-window mannequin".
Speaking in India, the Prime Minister said: "While I think she has written some great books, I think this is totally wrong and misguided."
4:47 pm, Tue 19 Feb 2013 PM: Novelist 'wrong' about Kate
Miliband condemns author's 'offensive Kate remarks'
The Politics Home editor Paul Waugh is reporting that the Labour leader Ed Miliband has echoed
**comments about the Duchess of Cambridge: David Cameron's condemnation of author Hilary Mantel **after her
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12:09 pm, Tue 19 Feb 2013 PM: Novelist 'wrong' about Kate
In pictures: Duchess of Cambridge's charity visit
The Duchess of Cambridge, as Patron of Action on Addiction, is visiting the charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, south London.
The Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by staff at Hope House in Clapham.
The Duchess of Cambridge talks to charity staff.
The Duchess of Cambridge talks to women who have benefited from the charity.
11:51 am, Tue 19 Feb 2013 PM: Novelist 'wrong' about Kate
Charity chief shows support for 'natural' Kate
The Duchess of Cambridge has been defended by a charity chief executive after a scathing attack by novelist Hilary Mantel.
Nick Barton, who heads
Action on Addiction, which Kate supports as patron, described her as an "intelligent" woman genuinely interested in the work of his organisation.
During a lecture, Mantel, the double Booker Prize winner, said Kate appeared to have been "gloss-varnished" with a perfect plastic smile, in contrast to Princess Diana, who she described as awkward and emotionally incontinent.
Kate is currently touring the addiction charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, south London.
Asked for his reaction to Mantel's criticisms, Mr Barton said: "I don't think it's for me to comment on that kind of stuff. I speak of what I know - somebody who wants to help, is helpful and genuinely interested and is intelligent.
"I can only speak (of) what I know. I've met her several times and I found her to be engaging, I found her very natural, I found her actually genuinely interested in the subject."
11:37 am, Tue 19 Feb 2013 PM: Novelist 'wrong' about Kate
Duchess of Cambridge visits London treatment centre
The Duchess of Cambridge, as Patron of Action on Addiction, is visiting the charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, south London this morning.
The Duchess of Cambridge.
Hope House offers a safe, secure and comfortable place for women to recover from substance dependence and receive additional support for other compulsive disorders.
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Hope House.
It is the first time Kate has been seen in public after photographs of her on holiday in Mustique were published by foreign media.
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