Embrace Your Inner Royal!

Getting Real | November 10, 2020

Embrace Your Inner Royal

Mia Thermopolis of The Princess Diaries is back with a brand new makeover!

 

 

 

 

 

 

It doesn’t seem possible that it’s been 20 years since we snuck our first glimpse at the diaries of that not-ready-for-royalty princess, Mia Thermopolis, but it’s true!

In the two decades since we heard the words “Welcome to Genovia,” we’ve all grown up a little:

Many of us have our own careers/families/tiara-wearing cats. Anne Hathaway, who starred in the first of the two Disney films based on The Princess Diaries series when she was just eighteen, has her own children and an Oscar. And Genovia, a country I made up, has its own Wikipedia entry!

But now the little country so famous for its moderate climate, superb beaches, and pears has once again been thrust into the media spotlight, because HarperKids is re-issuing The Princess Diaries with beautiful brand new covers and step backs (and editing by me!)

But don’t worry: Mia’s biggest worries are still passing Algebra, her mother dating her teacher, and what to wear to the Cultural Diversity Dance (oh, and how she’s going to have to rule a country some day).

In a world that lately seems lacking in civility, I think more royal role models are exactly what we need. Not the spoiled brat kind we sometimes see on reality shows (although personally I believe we could all could use more glitter and limos in our daily lives).

I mean the kind like Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, an outspoken advocate for women and mental health. Or Princess Diana, who was the first royal ever to be photographed touching an AIDS-infected person. Or Princess Mabel of the Netherlands, a prominent human rights activist.

And though not all of us are going to marry royals, like they did, or turn out to be secret heirs to a throne like Mia Thermopolis, we are all capable of fighting for the underdog, like Mia does when she defends her friend Tina Hakim Baba against bullies, or loving our wayward family members even when they do things that drive us nuts, like Mia’s grandmother does every single day of the week.

Because that’s what being a true royal is all about: Using your hidden strengths and talents to do the right thing, even when the odds against you seem insurmountable.

And the more people willing to use their inner royal powers for good, the better the world will be.  And to me, that would be the happiest ending of all.

I feel like stories like The Princess Diaries are more important now than they’ve ever been before, because they offer something we’ve been running dangerously short of lately:

Hope.

That’s why I want to thank you so much in advance for helping me celebrate The Princess Diaries 20th anniversary by introducing this new middle grade repackaging of the books to the next generation! I feel hopeful it’s going to make a difference.

And as her official royal biographer, I just know Mia Thermopolis would approve.

 

Much love,

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