Royal wedding inspires a new kind of ‘old school’

As the wedding of the year approached, a new school had feminists across the UK gnashing their teeth. For US$5 000, little girls could enrol at the Princess Prep Class, established by American Jerramy Fine. The objective? To learn how to walk, curtsey and drink tea like princesses.

Fine offered a free one-day tutorial at a posh London hotel as a teaser for her summer camp. Successful candidates, dressed in frilly frocks, mastered the art of bobbing gracefully in front of a cardboard cut-out of Prince William and his bride. Three week-long camps will teach girls about history of princesses, phone etiquette and how to receive compliments gracefully. “It’s all about how to bring out your inner princess and how to maintain self-control,” said Fine, author of the book Someday My Prince Will Come: True Adventures of a Wannabe Princess.

“Anyone can be a princess. I’ll get to live in a castle,” said seven-year-old Maude Fischer, a Briton whose mother is from Milwaukee, USA.

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