Hilary Mantel’s prediction about Prince George and the royal family

Author Hilary Mantel has died “suddenly but peacefully” at the age of 70, her publisher Harper Collins announced on Friday, September 23.

Fans and peers of the prolific British author are paying tribute to her many critically acclaimed works, including the Wolf Hall Trilogy set during the Tudor period.

In addition to writing about historical royal figures, Mantel was known for her observations on the current British royal family.

Read The Independent’s tribute to Hilary Mantel.

In September last year, she said she didn’t think Prince George, the eldest son of the Prince and Princess of Wales, would ever be crowned king.

She also estimated that the royal family could be dissolved within two generations.

“I think it’s a fair prediction but let’s say I wouldn’t bet any money on it,” she said The times. “It’s hard to understand the thinking behind monarchy in the modern world when people are only seen as celebrities.”

Prince George is the eldest child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales. He is currently second in line to the throne behind his father. He was third in line until King Charles succeeded his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II, on her death on 8 September 2022.

Mantel claimed at the time that the Queen and Charles did their job “as well as they could” and “took it as seriously as they could.”

When asked about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s highly publicized disputes with the royal family, she said: “I’ve been trying to kind of stay out of the Meghan thing because I think it’s way too early to have an opinion to have. And anyway, we commentators are all part of the problem.

“I want us all to say less. And give them a chance to find a solution.”

Kate, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet with the public at Windsor Castle

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In 2013, Mantel caused controversy when she described the Princess of Wales as a “mannequin” whose sole purpose was to provide an heir to the throne.

During a lecture at the British Museum, she claimed the Duchess had no personality, describing her as “glossy lacquered”.

She was subsequently criticized by public figures, including then-Prime Minister David Cameron, who said Mantel was “completely wrong” in her statements.

However, Mantel defended her comments, saying her words were taken out of context and that she was in fact describing the media-created perception of the Duchess.

She told presenter Anne McElvoy on BBC Radio 3 night waves: “My presentation and subsequent essay were indeed supportive of the royal family and in using those words about the Duchess of Cambridge I was describing the perception of her that was being cast in the tabloids.

“My speech ended with an appeal to the press and the media in general. I said, ‘Hold back and don’t be beasts. Don’t do to this young woman what you did to Diana.”

“My whole theme was the way we mistreat royals, making them superhuman and yet less than human.”

Mantel was awarded a CBE in the 2006 Birthday Honors and was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBW) in 2014 for services to literature.

Read the tributes to Hilary Mantel here.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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