By Ian Gallagher for The Mail on Sunday
Published: 22:01 BST, 1 May 2021 | Updated: 22:09 BST, 1 May 2021
Dame Hilary, 68, (pictured) whose withering assessment of the Duchess of Cambridge as 'plastic' caused an outcry in 2013
Booker Prize winner Dame Hilary Mantel has delivered another Royal broadside, describing the Monarchy as a 'self-punishing institution' facing the 'endgame'.
Dame Hilary, 68, whose withering assessment of the Duchess of Cambridge as 'plastic' caused an outcry in 2013, said of the Queen: 'I wonder if she's the only person who really believes in the Monarchy now, and I'm sure she believes with all her heart.'
The Wolf Hall author's historical novels chronicle the brutal fate suffered by Royal consorts in Tudor times.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph magazine yesterday, she said she wished the Queen had abdicated to make way for Prince Charles.
'I understand she thinks of this as a sacred task… It's a conflict because most of the world sees the Royal Family as a branch of