There is a long-held belief that Disney has distorted children’s views on love and romance thanks to its’ happy-ever-after story-telling formula. There are even serious studies on relationship developments based on perceptions heavily influenced by classic Disney films. So this declaration of truth in Disney’s princes ought to make you do a double-take: There is indeed a Prince Charming in existence, and yes, you may actually meet him. Let me tell you how to recognize the Prince so you too can enjoy some of that fairytale romance.
Prince Charming only has eyes for you. The original “Prince Charming” from Cinderella (also known as Prince Henry) may have had his pick of the ladies at his ball, but the Prince was completely captivated by Cinderella and chose to dance with her—and only her—the entire time. Perhaps you’re focused on your insecurities, but a guy like this is completely focused on you. No matter how many pretty young things you view as competition, he is only into you. His friends have likely heard all about you and maybe even his parents have caught your name several times in conversation. He’s entranced by you. Pay attention to these clues to find out what kind of man you have on your hands.
Prince Charming supports your dreams. In Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, Prince Naveen is humbled by the hard-working Tiana who is his only hope for getting back to life as a human. When they both realize the power of love, Naveen is transformed into a true Prince Charming. He puts aside his self-serving ways and instead encourages Tiana to make her dreams a reality. It is with his support that she is finally able to open a restaurant like she’s always dreamed. Look for the guy who is inspired by your passion, who inquires about your dreams. This guy will continually push you to pursue your goals, knowing that will make you happy.
Prince Charming recognizes the importance of honesty. Without strong communication, lovers fall apart because they have no foundation to stand firmly upon. Learn from Aladdin whose charade as Prince Ali Ababwa nearly cost him a relationship with the woman of his dreams. It wasn’t until he shared the truth with Princess Jasmine that she took him seriously as a contender for her heart. When you hold nothing back, you’ll know for a certainty this man loves you for all that you are. His openness with you is a sign of trust and faith that you’ll recognize what’s in his heart. Appreciate his honesty and be as transparent as your Prince.
Prince Charming wants what’s best for you. This tale may be as old as time, but it still rings true today. Prince Adam known as “Beast” from Beauty and the Beast heavily relies on Belle to save him from his horrible fate, but more than that, he truly comes to care for the girl he’s pinned all his hopes on. So when Belle is desperate to see her father, Beast tells her to go to him even though it will lead her far from the Prince. A guy like that puts your needs before his wants because he truly cares for you. A modern-day Prince Charming might encourage you to take that dream job across the country because he knows what it means for your future. He might push you to take on a new, exciting opportunity at school even if it means you’ll hardly have time for him. A real Prince Charming recognizes what it will take to make you happy and will do what he can to give you that.
Prince Charming doesn’t give up the girl of his dreams easily. Prince Eric of The Little Mermaid is a prime example of someone completely devoted. Despite separation by sea, Eric goes up against an all-powerful sea witch to keep his girl, declaring “I’m not letting her go now that I’ve finally found her!” Okay, so maybe modern guys can’t quite prove their love at this level, but a true gent will go through quite a bit to keep you because you really mean that much to him. It is unnecessary (and highly ill-advised) to test him on this because the real challenge is faced when life interrupts. Maybe you’re long-distance. Maybe you’re not ready for a serious relationship due to any number of reasons. Regardless, your Prince isn’t going anywhere that is away from you.