Kate Middleton Makes Public Appearance After Hilary Mantel’s Harsh Words

Kate Middleton stepped out glowing this weekend and gave bump-watchers everywhere a glimpse of what’s to come in her maternity fashion. Wearing a grey patterned Max Mara wrap dress, Middleton looked carefree after Hilary Mantel’s recent harsh critiques, calling the Duchess of Cambridge “bland,” “machine-made” and “plastic princess.”  Mantel, a double Booker prize winner, also said Middleton is a ”jointed doll on which certain rags are hung” and a woman whose “only point and purpose” was to give birth.

But not everyone agrees with Mantel. Prime Minister David Cameron was quick to her defence, saying the comments were “misguided.”

The Duchess was visiting one of her five charities, Action on Addiction, where she spent time with women who are recovering.