14/08/2014 16:39 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

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

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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