Kate Middleton Visits Hope House As Hilary Mantel’s Royal Criticism Sparks Outrage [PHOTOS]

After a Caribbean holiday spent with the Duke of Cambridge and her family, the Duchess of Cambridge returned to work today at Hope House residential center in Clapham, South London.

The treatment center, run by Catherine’s patroned charity Action on Addiction, focuses on helping women to recover from substance abuse.  While inside the facility, Her Royal Highness spoke with a number of staff and residents, some of whom were also pregnant.

According to the Daily Mail, one woman asked Catherine if she was nervous about giving birth.

“She said it would be unnatural if she wasn’t,” the woman said.  “She’s human like us.”

For her second visit since announcing that she and the Duke are expecting their first child, Catherine chose a black and white MaxMara wrap dress.  Her black heels were from House of Frasier and her diamond necklace, it is believed, comes from Asprey. 

Though royal reporter Richard Palmer said Catherine’s baby bump wasn’t as pronounced in person, it was certainly present.

Meanwhile, historical author Hilary Mantel has come under fire for her description of royal women, namely the late Princess of Wales and Catherine herself.

In her essay, titled Royal Bodies, Mantel described the Duchess as having “been selected for her role of princess because she was irreproachable: as painfully thin as anyone could wish, without quirks, without oddities, without the risk of the emergence of character.”

Mantel went on to say, “These days she is a mother-to-be, and draped in another set of threadbare attributions. Once she gets over being sick, the press will find that she is radiant. They will find that this young woman’s life until now was nothing, her only point and purpose being to give birth.”

Prime Minister David Cameron came to Catherine’s defense, calling Mantel’s remarks “completely wrong.”

Cameron told the BBC,

“What I’ve seen of Princess Kate at public events, at the Olympics and elsewhere is this is someone who’s bright, who’s engaging, who’s a fantastic ambassador for Britain.

“We should be proud of that, rather than make these rather misguided remarks.”

Dude, she’s not a princess.

Let’s not forget that Mantel has a book to promote.