By Lizzie Deane and Eleanor Sharples For The Daily Mail
Published: 23:14 GMT, 2 March 2020 | Updated: 08:18 GMT, 3 March 2020
Racism has played a part in the criticism aimed at the Duchess of Sussex, Dame Hilary Mantel has claimed.
The author, 67, said that while Meghan had faced scrutiny since her marriage to Prince Harry ‘I hesitate to call her a victim’.
Dame Hilary, who won the Booker Prize for her historical novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, added: ‘But I think there has been an element of racism in the invective against her. I think it’s more deeply embedded in people’s consciousness than any of us are willing to admit.’
In an interview with the BBC, she said: ‘There’s an intense concentration on the bodies of royal women. If anyone doubts that, we only have to look at what happens when our royal ladies are pregnant and when they give birth. They are perceived as public property in the same way that Tudor women were perceived.’
Harry and Meghan rocked the Royal Family in January when they announced they would step down