'I have no regrets': Prize-winning author criticised for branding the Duchess of Cambridge a 'plastic princess' insists her words were taken out of context Hilary Mantel likened Duchess to a 'shop-window mannequin' in speechDavid Cameron among those to rush to Kate Middleton's defenceAcclaimed author has insisted she has 'nothing to apologise for'Mantel said context of speech was twisted to set her up as a hate figure By Kerry Mcdermott PUBLISHED: 01:57 GMT, 8 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:56 GMT, 8 March 2013 The award-winning novelist who likened the Duchess of Cambridge to a 'shop-window mannequin' whose sole purpose is to breed has defended her comments, insisting she has 'absolutely nothing to apologise for'. Double Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel made headlines last month when she appeared to criticise Kate as having no personality, describing her as 'gloss-varnished' with a perfect plastic smile during a lecture at the British Museum. But in an interview on BBC Radio 3’s Night Waves programme last night, she said that her words had been taken out of context, and that she had 'absolutely no regrets' about her controversial speech
Body of schoolgirl, 16, found burning behind hotel as a man and woman are arrested over her deathGirl was in the 'foetal position' and found burning in a Blackpool alleywayNeighbours thought they were putting out a mannequin that was on firePolice arrest a 22-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman By Anna Edwards PUBLISHED: 14:17 GMT, 1 February 2013 | UPDATED: 16:02 GMT, 1 February 2013 A schoolgirl's burning body was found in an alleyway in Blackpool yesterday by hoteliers who mistook her for a mannequin.
Don't call the police, it's only art: Bizarre mannequin 'hoodies' invade the streets of RomeUS artist Mark Jenkins has created the street installations to 'get people to look up from their mobile phones'He has placed hooded mannequins poking out of bins, playing tug of war, and apparently fired at a darts board | UPDATED: 19:39 GMT, 9 December 2012 An army of sinister hoodies appear to have invaded Rome. But closer inspection reveals that the strange figures are in fact mannequins styled in bizarre positions