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Growing up on Disney movies gave us the impression that a beautiful little prince or princess is born every day. Now that we're older, we know how rare that event actually is -- which makes the birth of Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton's son all the more special. We'll forgive Disney for misleading us, since their heroines taught us so much about growing up. We'd imagine an actual royal would benefit even more from their wisdom! Here, 10 pieces of advice from Disney princesses to England's littlest royal.
Lesson from Ariel: Learn about the people who are not part of your world.
In The Little Mermaid, Ariel collects gadgets and thingamabobs dropped by the people on land. You don't need to become a hoarder, but it's important to learn about the lives of people outside of your circles -- the ones who look up to you and your family as something they aspire to be. To be a good prince or princess is to understand your subjects.
Lesson from Aurora: Tell your parents to invite everyone to your baby shower -- even the people they don't like.
Because otherwise, you could end up with a curse on your head from a bitter party crasher. Possibly Duchess Sarah Ferguson. Better invite her.
Lesson from Tiana: You're a royal -- but that's not all you are.
In The Princess and the Frog, Tiana learns that dreams do come true -- but her dream isn't to be a princess, it's to open a restaurant. She could have left that behind as soon as she married the prince, but she didn't. You shouldn't let your title define your dreams, either.
Lesson from Belle: The best part of any castle is the library.
You have England's royal library -- which looks not unlike the one in Beauty and the Beast -- at your fingertips. As soon as you learn to read, start picking up those books! Knowledge is power, and it's gonna take you a while to get through them all.
Lesson from Jasmine: A little rebellion can be good for the monarchy.
When it comes to picking a prince, Jasmine scandalizes her father by choosing Aladdin, a commoner. Your dad also chose a commoner to be his Duchess, and look how well that turned out! Some old rules are meant to be broken, and you'll figure out which ones in time. Also, if you want advice on how not to rebel? Talk to Uncle Harry.
Lesson from Snow White: People are fickle, but animals have got your back.
When the paparazzi are stalking you and your parents' friends are selling you out, you need to have somebody trustworthy in your corner. That's why you need to beg mom and dad for a pet: animals are always loyal and will never tell your secrets. After all, who stuck by Snow White when the queen betrayed her? And why do you think your great-grandma loves those corgis so much?
Lesson from Merida: There are things you won't understand until you get older. Be patient.
Like Merida in Brave, you'll find that a lot of royal obligations don't make sense to you. There are some parts of your job that you won't understand until you're doing them. Give it time, and try not to roll your eyes too much in the meantime. (Your mom will appreciate it.)
Lesson from Mulan: Always be ready to fight for your family.
In Mulan, the Chinese princess goes to war in her father's place, even though she's not on the greatest terms with her family. The British royal family is far from perfect, but you are now the keeper of their long and fascinating legacy. It's up to you to protect the best things your family has passed down.
Lesson from Rapunzel: When in doubt, reach for a frying pan.
A good cast-iron pan can perfectly sear a steak, bake a cobbler, or -- as Rapunzel discovered in Tangled -- subdue suspiciously good-looking intruders. If those guards in the furry hats ever fall down on the job, this is a good back-up plan.
Lesson from Pocahontas: Be a force for peace.
We hate to be the ones to break it to you, but you've been born into a world where there is still too much pointless violence. In Pocohontas, the Native American princess is a fearless advocate for peace between nations, and the strength of her convictions convinces others to stand beside her. This is something to aspire to, later in life. For now, focus on learning to crawl.