Gone are the days when being a princess meant absolute exclusivity and separation from the rest of the world. They aren’t as untouchable, delicate and fragile as the past decades have thought. Turns out, these royals can actually fend for themselves—without the need for personal butlers and tutors, as opposed to what the fairytales have led us to believe.
Below, meet the princesses of the modern world who remind us that it’s okay to break free from our shells.
Beatrice Borromeo (Italy)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MARCH 28: (TABLOIDS OUT) In this handout image provided by Le Palais Princier, Beatrice Borromeo attends the Rose Ball 2015 in aid of the Princess Grace Foundation at Sporting Monte-Carlo on March 28, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Frederic Nebinger/Le Palais Princier via Getty Images)
This 29 year-old princess studied journalism in Columbia University and then earned her law degree in Bocconi University, Milan. Talk about beauty and brains! It was during her time in law school when she met Prince Pierre Casiraghi of Hanover. After seven years of dating, a royal wedding was held at the Borromeo Castle in Lago Maggiore where Princess Beatrice had three outfit changes.
Princess Maria-Olympia (Greece)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 09: Princess Maria Olympia of Greece attends the Valentino show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 at Hotel Salomon de Rothschild on July 9, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
Olympia is the 19-year-old daughter of Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and Denmark. She was born in New York, but is currently based in London with her four younger brothers. When she was little, she studied drama, art history, graphics, and photography (which probably explains her artsy IG feed). Nowadays, she frequents the front row of Paris Fashion Week, attending the shows of Dior, Givenchy, Isabel Marant and the likes. Last time we spotted her, she was seated next to Emma Watson at the Valentino runway show.
Talita Natasha von Fürstenberg (Greece)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Talita Von Furstenberg attends the Teen Vogue's 12th Annual Young Hollywood issue launch party on September 26, 2014, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
Talita von Fürstenberg is the granddaughter of–yup, you guessed it!–iconic fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg. The 16-year-old is also first cousin to Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece. Their hobbies include lounging on their own private yachts (no big deal!) and sunbathing on exclusive beaches. This pretty princess is also a certified It girl. Current IG follower count: 45.6K, no sweat!
Lady Kinvara Clare Rachel Balfour (United Kingdom)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Kinvara Balfour attends the 60th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards at London Palladium on November 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Lady Kinvara Balfour, 39, is daughter to Roderick Balfour and Lady Tessa Fitzalan-Howard. She married Italian Count Riccardo Lanza in 2009, but later filed for a divorce in 2011. Proving that not every princess needs a man to get her happily ever after, she keeps herself busy as a creative director, writer, producer, and speaker. Whoever said that princesses cannot be multi-hyphenates, this lady just proved them wrong.
Princess Iman bint Abdullah (Jordan)
JOUY-EN-JOSAS, FRANCE - AUGUST 26: Princess Iman Bint Abdullah of Jordan and Queen Rania of Jordan attend the Medef Summer 2015 University Conference on August 26, 2015 in Jouy-en-Josas, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Princess Iman, 18, is the daughter of King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan. The Princess is currently studying at Georgetown University in Washington with older brother, Crown Prince Hussein. Being the eldest daughter, she is often seen under the spotlight with her stylish mother Queen Rania. The press often identifies her as the newest royal icon, with a closet brimming with Alexander McQueen dresses, Sergio Rossi sandals, and Louis Vuitton handbags.