Margaret Atwood calls backlash over Duchess Kate style comments ‘idiotic’

Let it be known that the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, has some very fervent fashion admirers in her corner. Margaret Atwood found herself in the midst of a media firestorm this week after an offhand comment she made regarding Kate’s sense of style was caught on camera – and quickly drew the ire of royal watchers worldwide.

While speaking at an event in London on the subject of clothing in literature, the celebrated Canadian author said Kate dresses “quite uneventfully” adding, “She’s watching her back. I think she probably has people who pretty much tell her what is appropriate for her to wear. I don’t think she’s become the fashion plate that Diana was, and I think she’s probably doing that advisedly, wouldn’t you say?”

The outspoken author drew criticism for her comments on Kate's style. Photo © Getty

The 75-year-old writer's comments were quickly picked up by media outlets and zealous Kate fans, who claimed Margaret had “slammed” the beloved duchess while leaping to the pregnant royal’s defense.

The author of The Handmaid's Tale responded to the growing barrage of criticism, taking to Twitter to call the backlash “idiotic." To quell the ruckus, Margaret wrote a sarcastic mock news story about the incident referring to herself in third person, which was published in the Globe and Mail.


“The elderly Canadian writer, Margaret Atwood (75) caused a fracas recently by mentioning that characters in novels wear clothes, and so do actual people (including members of the royal family), and that other people then look at their clothes with interest and make assessments based on them,” she wrote.

She continued the scathing parody by falsely quoting some of her detractors.

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“‘That’s where she goes wrong!’ fulminated Amanda R. Struthers of the Prelapsarian Royalist Society. ‘Talking about clothes in the first place! Clothes cause so many problems, including wars, pollution, water-depletion, and envy! How dare she judge those of us who don’t wear them except when bullied by the law into doing so? As for the royal family, we’ve been begging them for years to set a good example for health and happiness by removing their garments on a significant and televised public ceremony. An all-nude Opening of Parliament, just one –– is that too much to ask?’”

Kate has been dazzling fans with her maternity wear (here, in a pink Mulberry coat). Photo © Getty

“Let’s hope people soon find something more earth-shattering to think about,” Margaret concluded. “Though it proves my point: people ARE jumpy about clothes.

The famously outspoken wordsmith is well known for her frank commentary, having drawn criticism in the past on the subjects of Israeli statehood, feminism and more.

Meanwhile, fashion icon Kate, who is due to give birth later this month, has been dazzling royal fans with her maternity style, with items regularly selling out mere minutes after she's photographed wearing them.

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