I'm writing to inform you that Prince Charming is dead.
I killed him.
I never intended to commit a murderous act but I did it for the welfare of womankind and mankind.
I did it for my future daughter and granddaughters.
I did it for my late mother and my girlfriends.
I did it for every girl who waits in anticipation to see the white horse and shining armor.
But my murderous act is not only for the benefit of females -- it’s for boys and men.
No man should have to live up to such a fallacy.
I did it for my boyfriends and fuck-buddies.
I did it for my brothers and nephews.
I did it for my late father.
I did it for my future son and his sons.
As my sparkling sword pierced his heart... and crimson poured.
I felt relief.
Like the person who decides to stop living a lie.
Prince Charming creates unrealistic expectations for both men and women. Women put a huge amount of pressure on men, to be a fairytale prince. And men continually fail the test because they are imperfect and flawed like females.
I decided to do some research on Prince Charming, the man of all men -- who supposedly rides around on his horse saving damsels-in-distress and stealing their hearts.
It turns out, it was all a misinterpretation of a text.
In 1697, French author Charles Perrault released his version of Sleeping Beauty.
When the princess wakes up she says:
"'Est-ce vous, mon prince?' lui dit-elle, 'vous vous êtes bien fait attendre'. Le Prince charmé de ces paroles... ne savait comment lui témoigner sa joie".
For those of you who failed French in highschool like moi. Here's the translation.
'You've kept me waiting a long time'.
The prince was charmed by her words.
It's been suggested that this is how 'Prince Charming' was coined.
Although in Perrault's book, it's the prince who is being charmed -- NOT the princess.
So now that I've uncovered that porky-pie -- let's bury the prince and get on with it!
Ladies -- stop expecting so much from your chap.
Blokes -- stop trying to be a fictional character. He is best left in the story books.
~ RIP P.C ~
22/9/1697 - 10/02/2018
My name is Vanessa de Largie.