Debate over the Hilary mantel speech about the Duchess of Canmbridge
STEPHEN Farthing (letters 28th February) has clearly not bothered to get hold of Hilary Mantel's London Review of Books essay on royal images through the ages out of which the popular press has plucked and twisted one or two lines on Kate Middleton in order to create a circulation-increasing headline.
Had he done so he might have found a well-reasoned argument about the way that royal images, Kate's among others, have been manufactured throughout history.
I suspect that by now the Duchess of Cambridge herself will have had the good sense to read Hilary Mantel's article and will probably have concurred with much of it.
The popular press, having recently hounded one royal princess to her death, will be quite happy to see Mr Farthing's Pavlovian reaction to their attempt to create a further royal scandal.
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WITH reference to Mary Martin's letter of 26 February, I've read some of Ms Mantel's 5,000-word speech – it was not a personal attack on Kate Middleton, rather pointing out the tabloid media-obsession with her and how the press manipulate how we see the royal family and have done over the years.
It's interesting that some of the press have spun it into a Mantel attacks Middleton 'story'