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I never wanted to be a Disney Princess, the stories made me feel as if I was being cheated out on the full story, the girl has a humdrum or horrible life, has a bit of an adventure, then gets married and that’s it? The end of her story, she ceases to exist? Of course, I was too young at the time to realise that “happily ever after” could mean that they had years of really good sex, but it seemed like no matter how horrible their lives had been, however difficult their escape or adventure, it was much more interesting than when they got the boy.
Disney will tell you that all the girls problems will disappear when they become a princess, but of course that’s not true, and often with real life princesses their problems only begin when they become a princess.
In 2011, Kensington Palace was undergoing some restorations and so to keep the place going during this time, they opened the Royal Apartments and transformed it to a tour about the lives of the Kensington princesses. The result was an incredibly beautiful, and yes, enchanting display of all the lovely things that are promised to future princesses and for a moment I wanted to be one.