Even before this year’s most anticipated date had been announced (that’s the Royal Wedding, for those of you who haven’t been paying attention), an American woman had already founded Princess Prep, a series of one-day camps and weeklong summer camps in London for 8- to 11-year-old girls. According to a Daily Mail article, the camps teach the girls about “modern and historic princesses, royal history, phone etiquette, how to take compliments and what to do if you suddenly find food wedged between your teeth.” The camps’ founder, Jerramy Fine, told the Daily Mail she expects that the longer summer camps will be very popular with Americans.
A week’s course at Princess Prep costs around $4,000 (not including airfare), arguably a bargain if it helps you meet the ultimate goal of winning over one of the world’s dwindling population of royal princes. In addition to the etiquette lessons, camp-goers will live in Kensington, visit four Royal Palaces and study the lives of historical and modern-day princesses. They will also go horse riding in Hyde Park, walk the Royal Wedding route and have tea and Kensington Palace.
The back-story is that founder Fine, like many young girls, was always fascinated by the English Royal family, dressing up like Princess Diana as a youngster and “swooning” over the Queen’s oldest grandson Peter Phillips. She left her home in western Colorado at her first opportunity to become a royalty chaser, but ultimately married a private citizen. Regardless, Fine has still been able to capitalize on her dream. In addition to her camps, she has written two books, Someday My Prince Will Come: True Adventures of a Wannabe Princess, and has just finished her second book, entitled Bright Young Bluebloods – a guide to all the eligible royals in the world and how to meet them.
Unsurprisingly, the enterprising American has encountered some skepticism among those who disapprove of encouraging less-than-subtle social climbing methods – and engendering false hope in tender-aged girls that every well-mannered young lady will find her prince. But, Fine told the Associated Press, “I try to explain now it’s not really about meeting royal men. It’s about the journey.”
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