According to published reports, Kate Middleton slipped up and nearly said the “D-word” – daughter, – when receiving a teddy bear from a fan at an appearance. If those perfect lips just sank the British ship of state’s most closely guarded secret, a new little princess means Middleton has the opportunity to change the world from gender-typed pink-think princess stereotypes to empowered regal ruler.
Apparently, when handed a teddy bear by a woman in Grimsby, England the Duchess of Cambridge said, “Oh thanks, I’ll save it for me daugh…baby.” To which the woman replied: “You were going to say daughter weren’t you?” The soon-to-be mom was mum from there on out, and now the palace isn’t telling either.
As the mom of four boys who was told definitively that son No. 2 was going to be a daughter by an ultrasound technician, I’m not holding my breath. Also, I am so grateful for having boys it’s not even funny. Imagine the mega-princess trends that would result from a new royal girl.
If it is to be a princess, we had best brace for the onslaught of worldwide stereotyping getting a social bump for years to come. Every dress the child wears, each pair of shoes, hair style and accessory will become a coveted trend here, there and everywhere as moms of little girls bemoan the loss of any ground gained toward a gender-typing-free world.
Disney will have a field-day with this one if it’s a girl no matter what choices are made for the girl’s education. But I think that this could be the princess to end all princesses, an epic and transformative tale that plays out right before our eyes. She can wear the clothes and attend the traditional balls and still be the one to give princesses power to rule hearts and minds.