In the Guardian, Ros Coward writes about Europe’s “two princesses” of the moment, Charlene, Princess of Monaco and technically-’Duchess’ Kate Middleton.
“Just as in the fairytales, the requirements on a real-life princess are pretty minimal: she has to have had the perfect wedding and then she has to look beautiful,” Coward writes. “Kate is performing well on both fronts, although one can’t help noticing how thin she is and wondering about the strain of such attention.” Female royals have always embodied ideals about “family stability and continuity,” but today’s princesses are expected to be stylish, sleek and slim like female film stars and other celebrities.
Do today’s princesses really face more media scrutiny than those past, though? Here’s a look at some of the UK and Monaco’s princesses, past and present (and deliberately sans Diana), and what they received attention for.