The Complicated, Empowering, Messy History Behind Our Obsession With Princesses

If you walk down the “pink aisle” of any store that caters to children, one theme tends to jump out more than any other: the theme of princesses. There are princess dolls, princess bikes, princess art sets, princess play kitchens, princess board…
By Lucia Peters

10 Fairy Tale Princesses Whose Stories Are Way More Hardcore Than You Realized

Fairy tales often get a bad rap, but fairy tale princesses get the worst rap of them all. Perhaps, though, the reputation is unfairly earned — because although they’re often thought of as “damsels in distress,” fairy tale princesses are actually…
By Lucia Peters

It Isn’t Bad To Have A “Princess Fantasy” — Mine Made Me The Woman I Am Today

What do you want to be when you grow up? If you were anything like me as a kid, at some point, the answer to that question was "a princess." Thanks to good old-fashioned gender stereotypes, most little girls born in the '90s (and even now) grew up…
By Nicole Pomarico

7 Real-Life Princesses With Inspiring Stories That Never Made It Into A Disney Movie

In the world of princesses, there are the famous — Diana, Grace — the infamous, like Princess Stephanie of Monaco, and the princesses you never knew about, but should. Though being a princess is more of a figurehead role these days, oftentimes being…
By JR Thorpe

The Real-Life Stories Of These 12 Disney Princesses Are Much Stranger Than You Realized

Disney’s big screen adaptations of fairy tales and folk stories have become as well-known as the original stories on which they’re based — and, in many cases, the Disney versions of the plots are even more well-known than their older counterparts.…
By Lucia Peters

Here's What Kate Middleton's Life Would Be Like If She Lived In The 14th Century

As the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May approaches, the preparations are in earnest. And there's a lot of romantic discussion of "becoming a princess" and how delightful and medieval that sounds (never mind that Markle will actually…
By JR Thorpe

Someone NEEDS To Read This Exact Toast At Meghan Markle's Rehearsal Dinner

It’s official: Invitations for the new Wedding of the Century have gone out, and even though our book The Royal We obviously willed this into being like some kind of royalty-specific version of The Secret, it appears that Prince Harry and Meghan…
By Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Don’t Call Princess Stories "Frivolous" — For Women & Femmes Of Color, They’re Crucial

The first story I remember writing (though my mom insists my writing career began at age 2) is from when I was about 7 years old. I showed the colored pencil drawing and accompanying block of text (which was never finished, thus pretty in line with…
By Alyssa Cole

So Many Adults Never Outgrow Their Disney Princess Obsession — And There’s A Good Reason Why

I’m a Snow White, at least I am according to my zodiac sign. If we’re going by different quiz standards, I’m an Ariel, while others seem to think I'm Anna from Frozen. If I’m being honest with myself, I’m sure I could find no less than a few hundred…
By Mia Mercado

My Love For Meghan Markle Is More Than Just Royal Fascination — She Makes Me Feel Seen

I never cared about princesses. When I was a kid, I always chose my Jungle Book VHS over Cinderella and was constantly skipping around my house to songs from The Wizard of Oz rather than ones from Snow White. I didn't dream of living in a castle,…
By Lia Beck