EXTREME WORDS: Zadie Smith has launched an attack on the monarch. Jeremy Corby call for the Queen to Apologise


The Queen is “distinctly lower middle-class” and her corgis have “stubby legs”, a novelist has claimed.

Zadie Smith has launched an attack on the monarch and accused her of not having the tendencies associated with her royal status.

She said: “She appears, in our mental picture of her, as distinctly lower middle-class.

“I think this is what accounts for her relative popularity, as compared to her clan – that touch of Mrs Windsor.”

The Man Booker Prize nominee then labelled the Queen “suburban” and skewered her corgis for their “squat” bodies and “stubby legs”.

The Queen’s voice was also mocked as the kind “your mum puts on when someone important is on the phone”.

Discussing the Queens habits, the author went on: “To put it in lower-middle-class terms, she found ‘what suited her’ and ‘she stuck to it’, a sentiment as familiar to British women up and down the nation as its aesthetic twin: ‘I don’t know a lot about art but I know what I like.’”

Zadie Smith has launched an attack on the monarch Photo (C) GETTY
Zadie Smith has launched an attack on the monarch Photo (C) GETTY

The bashing briefly paused while Ms Smith described Prince William and Prince Harry as “recognisable aristocratic types” before immediately resuming by stating the Queen has more of a “common touch”.

Queen Elizabeth II making her Royal visits in her many colourful and elegant outfits.

She went on: “Did ever a monarch seem more likely to prefer a nice flowery pelmet curtain to a white wooden shutter?

“Or a staycation in front of the telly to a glamorous Tuscan retreat or Caribbean break?”

Some rare praise for the Queen came after Ms Smith declared she was “moved” by the Queen supporting the victims of Grenfell Tower.

How Queen really feels if someone doesn't bow or curtsy her
How Queen really feels if someone doesn’t bow or curtsy her

She went on: “Republican that I am, I was not unmoved to see the Queen appear at Grenfell.

“In better times it might be easy to sneer, but when a technocratic, coolly calculated political figure shies away from the benighted people she claims to lead, you can see how even a purely symbolic figure will be warmly received.”

The flurry of insults thrown at the Queen did not stop her displaying her typically unseen humour during filming with David Attenborough.

The Queen recently joked with Sir David in an upcoming royal documentary surrounding conservation projects.


In one clip the Queen notes a sapling in the gardens of Buckingham Palace “does not seem to be doing very well” and asks her aides whether it was “meant to be like that”, pointing to the bent tree.

She jokes: “Somebody sat on it I think at a garden party.”


Tags: Queen Elizabeth II, Queen, Elizabeth, British Royal, Buckingham Palace, Documentary, Buckingham, Unseen, Garden Party, Attenborough, Projects

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