Kate Middleton's First Engagement Of 2014 Will Be Celebrating Hilary Mantel - The Woman Who Called Her A 'Plastic Princess'

18/11/2017 14:31 GMT

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, will be guest of honour at the National Portrait Gallery to celebrate the work of Hilary Mantel (aka the woman who called her a "plastic princess") in her first public engagement of 2014. Um, awkward much?

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K-Middy is set to attend the gallery's Portrait Gala, which stars the work of Man Booker Prize-winning novelist Mantel and we're hoping no one mentions THAT "dead-eyed mannequin" comment.

The author caused controv last year when she made a pregnant Kate the subject of a lecture, describing the duchess as "personality-free" and whose "only point and purpose" was to give birth. Ouch!

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