Mantel Book Sales Up Since Kate Dis

    Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge cradles her "baby bump" as she speaks with trustees at Hope House charity in south London on February 19, 2013. The Duchess visited Hope House, an all-female rehabilitation centre which is is one of the projects run by her patronage, Action on Addiction. AFP PHOTO / POOL / MARY TURNER        (Photo credit should read MARY TURNER/AFP/Getty Images)

    Duchess of Cambridge on Tuesday. (Pool photo by Mary Turner)

    Does it all seem worth it now? Booker Prize–winning author Hilary Mantel’s novels have increased sales since her comments that the Duchess of Cambridge “appeared to be designed by a committee and built by craftsmen with a perfect, plastic smile.” While Mantel’s essay has drawn plenty of criticism throughout Britain—even Prime Minister David Cameron weighed in, calling the comments “completely misguided”—she has had some defenders, who have pointed to the essay’s nuanced portrayal of the role of a modern royal, whose main job it is to produce an heir.

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