A resolute princess of her own destiny
It takes courage for a young girl to reject a life of smiles and blow drys working for The Firm
It takes a certain type of young woman to take a good run up at being a princess, get within spitting distance and then turn on her French Sole ballet flats and walk in the other direction. The Cinderella narrative that inevitably props up any relationship with an incumbent prince is pretty hard to resist.
But last week Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas called time on their relationship and Cinderella did just that. She decided that the offer of life at the palace seemed decidedly less appealing than her current Shepherd's Bush flat-share and a life in which she can pursue her dream of a career as a dancer and, should she wish to do so, have licence to get drunk, make a fool of herself, and/or snog inappropriate boys.
Not for Cressie the militaristic drill of submission to royal protocol year in year out. Perhaps she has observed closely the life of Kate Middleton, who since university has been carefully and rigorously groomed for a life in which no hair, word or hemline can ever be a fraction out of place.