Stephanie Kate Strohm Answers the Question: What qualities should a prince possess?

What qualities should a prince possess?

When I was little, my favorite prince was Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty. I knew, even at the time, that this was sort of an unusual choice. Most of my friends liked Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid, which made a lot more sense, as we’d all seen Little Mermaid on the big screen when it came out in 89. Plus, Eric had a dog, and was rocking that very handsome light eyes-dark hair combo. But for me, it was all Prince Phillip. And when thinking about what qualities a prince should possess, if I go with my first favorite prince, a prince should:
  • Be a great singer/dancer (gotta know how to waltz!)
  • Have a hilarious horse
  • Rock a jaunty red hat with a feather in it
  • Have nearly immobile hair
  • Be willing to defy royal convention/parental expectation and marry for love

Most of these qualities have not stood the test of time. For example, I am having a very hard time picturing Prince William in a red hat with a feather on it. But when I started to think of some of my favorite fictional princes from books, TV shows, and movies – like Eddie from The Prince and Me, Nick from The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, every prince in every Hallmark movie ever – there was one thing they all had in common. All of these princes defied whatever they were supposed to do and married for love, usually spurning some scary debutante-type in the process. There is something about these royal love stories I find irresistible. I think it’s that push-pull between duty and love, and that message that love can triumph over all – even over a scary debutante-type.

Of course, a real life prince should possess a lot more qualities than just the ability to follow his heart. A keen sense of empathy, for one. Knowledge about and respect for other countries and cultures. An unflagging commitment to charity work – and both William and Harry have distinguished themselves admirably in that regard. (Here’s some information on all the charities they support: )

But I can’t deny that when I watched the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle engagement interview video for the seventh time, I wasn’t thinking about any of those things. I was thinking that here are two people who have followed their hearts, and I couldn’t be happier for them. Here’s to love! 

More about Prince in Disguise

Someday I want to live in a place where I never hear “You’re Dusty’s sister?” ever again.
Life is real enough for Dylan—especially as the ordinary younger sister of Dusty, former Miss Mississippi and the most perfect, popular girl in Tupelo. But when Dusty wins the hand of the handsome Scottish laird-to-be Ronan on the TRC television network’s crown jewel, Prince in Disguise, Dylan has to face a different kind of reality: reality TV.

As the camera crew whisks them off to Scotland to film the lead-up to the wedding, camera-shy Dylan is front and center as Dusty’s maid of honor. The producers are full of surprises—including old family secrets, long-lost relatives, and a hostile future mother-in-law who thinks Dusty and Dylan’s family isn’t good enough for her only son. At least there’s Jamie, an adorably bookish groomsman who might just be the perfect antidote to all Dylan’s stress . . . if she just can keep TRC from turning her into the next reality show sensation.

About the Author

Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of The Taming of the Drew, Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink, Confederates Don't Wear Couture, and the upcoming It's Not Me, It's You and Prince in Disguise. She grew up in Connecticut and attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where she was voted Winter Carnival Queen. Currently she lives in Chicago with her fiance and a little white dog named Lorelei Lee.