But there’s also a certain amount of truth in it. The question being, well, how much of it is simply being unkind and how much is the simple truth?
Greta Thunberg’s extraordinary transformation from a near-mute 11-year-old into the world’s most powerful voice on the climate crisis is revealed today by her mother.
In an emotional account, Malena Ernman describes how her daughter came to be diagnosed with autism, and how activism helped her overcome an eating disorder.
Ernman writes of the first indications that her elder daughter was unwell in extracts published in the Observer from Our House is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis, a book by the whole Thunberg family.
How much of this is Mummy living and being famous vicariously through her daughter? My suspicion is quite a lot.