Every girl dreams of being a princess, which is cute, sweet, innocent… and hopefully tapers off by age 6. But if you could, would you indulge your daughter’s Disney-fueled fantasy?
For the hefty sum of $5,000, little girls at Princess Prep camp can roam around London, learning etiquette lessons, taking tea at Kensington Palace, riding horseback in Hyde Park, and even working with a royal charity. Not only will the attendees live in a posh luxury flat in the pricy Kensington district, they’ll be tended by Jeeves, the resident butler, and night-nannies who supervise them 24 hours a day.
“Think Mary Poppins meets My Fair Lady; finishing school meets fairy tale,” explained Princess Camp founder Miss J. Fine.
But is this just simply spoiling children? According to the company’s website, “You do not become a princess simply by donning a fancy gown and a glittery tiara. Being a true princess is about treating everyone with kindness and generosity."
It seems unlikely that personal butlers and watercress sandwiches are the route to such grace and generosity – but at the same time, one can’t argue the fact that many princesses truly embodied such virtues despite their luxurious surroundings; Princess Diana springs to mind. Perhaps it isn’t a bad way to let children live out their dreams – even if only for a week.
It’s just a pity there isn’t an adult version of this camp: Many a celebrity could benefit from a few etiquette lessons.
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