Kate = The New Disney Princess

The other Princess Catherine

“I think Princess Catherine will have a dress like Cinderella,” Caroline said dreamily, as we watched the billionth story about the Royal Wedding on the “Today” show.

“I’m gonna be two!” shouted baby Catherine, who has a tendency to announce her age every time she hears her name.  And she is two.  She just hasn’t figured that out yet.

Royal Wedding fever is alive and well at my house.  Not just because we have the “Today” show on in the morning.  It’s Royal Wedding WEEK on the Disney Channel.  And why not? Genius! From the people who created the ideal princess and sold that vision in movies, theme parks, party favors and t-shirts to millions of little girls everywhere.  It’s a great formula: Beautiful, strong-willed, polite young women, who have huge hearts, strive to do the right thing and fall in love instantly.  But their family life, well, is always a bit dysfunctional. Let’s take a look, shall we? (so Royal-esque)

Cinderella: Clueless Dad and nasty Stepmother.

Belle: Clueless Dad and no Mother.

Ariel: Dictator Dad (rules ocean) and no Mother.

Snow White: non-existent Dad and crazy stepmother.

Sleeping Beauty: Parents decide to let 3 bumbling fairies raise her for 16 years. And she still touches the spindle.

Jasmine: Clueless Dad and no Mother.  Has Tiger for a pet.

Hmmm.

Poor Kate – she has some big shoes to fill for a generation of little girls who think they know who princesses are.  Kate is beautiful, described as saintly, smart, strong-willed, and polite with a huge heart. Fits the mold so far.  As far as I know though, she has not befriended forest animals and does not break out into song during events.

She also didn’t fall in love instantly.  And had to wait eight years before getting her prince (who has thinning hair).  Not perfect.  There’s your reality.

Haters will say Disney’s version of princesses fill girls’ heads with unrealistic expectations.  That isn’t how love is!  Being a princess isn’t perfect!  Combine that with the Royal Wedding haters who yell, it’s frivolous! People are dying, wars are being fought, children are starving – it’s a waste of time!

But no matter how cynical we can be about the world – this is the celebration of a marriage. Two people officially starting their life together.  With horse-drawn carriages and a Lifetime Original Movie made about them.  But what an opportunity to show your children a real royal wedding, and explain that not all princesses are cartoons.  I remember watching Diana and Charles years ago (looooved puffed sleeves). I’ve always been a sucker for history, and Lord knows I cry at Hallmark commercials.

So we’ll watch.  Though I will have to remind my kids that Kate will probably not be wearing a screaming yellow gown, like Belle.  And no, mice did not make her dress.

But… wouldn’t it be nice if they DID live happily ever after?

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6 Comments on “Kate = The New Disney Princess”

  1. It would be great for them to live happily ever after. They will both probably be glad when it is over but it will never really be over with the press. They will probably be all over them. But it was good for them to wait for the sake they can handle the craziness which is going to be their lives from here on out.

    You are right… She did wait eight years and she finally has her prince. She made the right choices along the way and I hope they have a long and happy life together.

  2. Motormouth says:

    If crowned, Kate will be the sixth Queen Catherine and the first British queen with a college diploma. That’s a princess I can get behind.

  3. Motormouth says:

    Also, I’m laughing at the image of you and Jamie fighting over the remote between the royal wedding and the NFL draft. (like that would ever happen.)

  4. Fred says:

    When my girls were little I always found the Disney Princesses a good role model for them, when any of the movies come on Disney Channel or ABC Family even though they are now 19 (almost 20) and 16 they always watch them (and that some where in the basement we have all the Video tapes) guess it is kind of like why I always want to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Gene Wilder edition) when ever it comes on, I hope both your Princesses enjoyed the royal wedding and that your Caroline was not disappointed in Kate’s Dress (my 2 Princesses really liked it).

    • We are knee deep in princesses here, Fred – and just showed the old Charlie movie a few weeks ago! They grow up fast, huh? Thanks for reading and commenting.. (ps – my 7 yr old loved Kate’s dress too)


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