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Sunday 17 December 2017

Prince is big fan of Wolf Hall - Mantel

PRINCE Charles told Hilary Mantel he is a fan of the TV adaptation of Wolf Hall, days after a new book revealed that his household is nicknamed after the novel in reference to the "treacherous and opportunistic world" depicted by the writer.

Mantel (inset), whose books about the life of Henry VIII's adviser Thomas Cromwell have been huge hits, was made a dame by Charles for her services to literature.

Success has come late to the 62-year-old, but she has more than made up for it by collecting a haul of literary honours, including twice winning the Booker Prize.

Excerpts from a book published last week revealed that Charles' Clarence House is allegedly so riddled with backstabbing and in-fighting that one former member of the household refers to it as Wolf Hall.

Charles: The Heart Of A King, by Time magazine journalist Catherine Mayer, paints a picture of a household torn apart by turf wars.

In it she writes: "One former householder refers to Clarence House as Wolf Hall, in reference to the treacherous and opportunistic world depicted by Hilary Mantel in her fictionalised account of the rise of Thomas Cromwell.''

Mantel caused a furore in February 2013 when she suggested Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, was a "shop-window mannequin" with no personality, whose only purpose was to breed.

Asked if this led to a frosty meeting with Charles yesterday, she replied: "Not at all."

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