Cinderella, Career Gal

Once again, the Windsors suffer as monarchy clashes with modernity

We all, it seems, love Cinderella. Look how many zillions of dollars Disney has made repackaging the theme of pretty-but-unusual-girl-gets-lucky: handsome prince marries a sea creature (The Little Mermaid), handsome prince marries maiden who's been dozing for a hundred years (Sleeping Beauty), newly handsome prince marries bookworm with eccentric dad (Beauty and the Beast). Funny, though: the curtain falls at the wedding. The implicit message is that the chase is more exciting than the prize.

Think back to those fairy-tale pictures of the virginal Diana swathed in white, riding away with her Prince Charles. Did it ever get any better, for...

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