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Michelle Williams Talks About Daughter Matilda in February 2011 Marie Claire

Matilda Ledger: Disney Needs Affirmative Action For Princes

OK, the 5-year-old daughter of Michelle Williams and the late Heath Ledger did not say that per se, but she did ask a Disney employee one pointed question during a trip to Disney World. In the February issue of Marie Claire, Michelle tells a sweet story about her daughter, an avid consumer of the controversial princess culture like all little girls.

"I took Matilda to Disney World recently and we saw all the princesses, and then she turned around and said, 'OK, now I'd like to see where all the princes are.' The Disney person said, 'Nobody has ever asked me that before. There aren't any princes here, honey.'"

I never thought of that, yet it seems so obvious. And when you think about it — don't all Disney princes kind of seem like the same generic guy? Disney clearly knows its audience. Next time, Matilda, to really shake things up, ask Disney where the overweight princesses are!

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xxstardust xxstardust 6 years
There were princes at WDW in Florida when I was there last January; they mingled in the crowd for pictures following a stage show outside the castle.
AmandaKrups AmandaKrups 6 years
There are princes at Walt Disney World in Florida; they just aren't out and about in the parks like the princesses are. But you can see the princes in stage shows like Beauty and the Beast and Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios, and in parades. And I think I saw Flynn Rider from Tangled at the Magic Kingdom when I was there in November, but I might be mistaken. It's because little girls want to see the princesses and little boys don't care.
dexaholic dexaholic 6 years
My sister and her 3-year-old-at-the-time daughter were out at the local farmers market and there was this longish-haired man playing an exotic instrument trying to sell his CDs. My neice stopped dead in her tracks and just stared at the man, and when my sister asked her what she was doing she said "Mommy! Mommy! It's the PRINCE!!"
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I've also seen all of the princes at Disneyland. Actually, they've all been right by their princess' side during the parades and appearances around the park. I'm thinking the same thing as lizlee... maybe Disneyworld is just different about that than Disneyland?
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
I've seen plenty of the princes at Disneyland, and they are all present in parades and at Disney on Ice (which I recently enjoyed). This must be an oversight present only at Disneyworld. It's funny that you say the princes are all alike - I just bought a few of the princes dolls for my nieces and I realized that not only are they all different, but they all have unique names and looks. Think about; even though the quintessential Disney prince is though of as Prince Charming, a prince by that name only appears in Cinderella. Ariel's prince is Eric, Aurora's prince is Phillip, Beauty's prince was Beast (of course), and Snow White's prince is oddly known only as "Prince." This is such a cute story, though...
zeze zeze 6 years
I saw Aladdin at Disney, though he's technically not a prince and all the princes were at the parade.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I think it's sorta weird they can't hire at least one guy to be one of the princes. I guess most little girls just want to meet the princesses!
shreerose shreerose 6 years
That is so cute. Honey, there aren't any Disney princes because all of them eventually bail.
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