Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge confirmed earlier this month she was expecting her second child following the birth of Prince George last July and while most have congratulated the pair, outspoken feminist Germaine Greer has claimed it’s a sign that there’s too much pressure on the royal to produce a ‘spare’ now she has an ‘heir’.
Speaking to US magazine Newsweek, for a piece entitled ‘Why Women Don’t Want To Be Kate’, Germaine claimed the Duchess was too thin to be pregnant and with suffering Hyperemesis gravidarum, an extreme condition that only affected 2% of pregnant women, should’ve waited longer before having another child.
The condition is like an intense form of morning sickness, characterised by intractable nausea, vomiting, and dehydration. Last time she was pregnant, Kate ended up in hospital because of the condition.
Implying Kate was under pressure from the royal establishment to get pregnant again, Greer told Newsweek: “The girl is too thin. Meanwhile, she is vomiting her guts up and shouldn’t have been made to go through all this again so soon. It’s not so much that she has to be a womb, but she has to be a mother. I would hope after this one she says, ‘That’s it. No more’.”
Going on, Greer claimed the Duchess’ is being stifled by her life as a royal and with her marriage to Prince William.
Commenting on the life of the duchess she went on: “Kate is not even allowed to decorate her own houses. Even the wives of the American presidents get to do that. The whole thing is a mad anachronism. The ‘firm’ tell us that the first born will now become the monarch regardless of sex. Well, big f****** deal! Kate is not allowed to have an interest in modern culture, even in art – to collect, to attend openings. She is made to appear absolutely anodyne. She cannot do or say anything spontaneous. She has learned what she has to do and say and how to do and say it in the approved way. Spontaneity will get her in trouble.”
The article contained a YouGov poll carried out in the UK earlier this month, which found that only 1% of people asked would “want to be Kate” while 32& said they would, “never want to be Kate but would like to be friends with her.”