For anyone hoping to bring that fantasy to life, there's Myka Meier, the founder of Beaumont Etiquette, who offers a course specifically designed to help women snag the hero royal. (With a healthy dose of winking humor.)
The one-on-one, four-hour course, which takes place at the famous Plaza Hotel in New York City, is cheekily designed around Harry, but it also offers general etiquette advice with real-world applications. (Meier is, after all, a professional etiquette coach and trained under a former member of the Royal Household.) In the name of journalism (and maybe some wish fulfillment), we decided to try out the course to learn the perfect way to be become a potential princess.
Make Me Kate-ishWant to become a royal catch? Look no further than the original prince-charmer herself, Princess Kate. According to Meier, Kate is a perfect example to follow when it comes to proper royal etiquette, although that doesn't mean that Harry would be looking for someone exactly like her (a copy-Kate, if you will). After all, Harry's ex-girlfriends Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas were definitely not carbon copies of the Duchess, but with their tony backgrounds they know how to work seamlessly from the pub to a black-tie event.
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But the ultimate key to princess-worthy polish, says Meier? Confidence.
Eating: You're Doing Everything Wrong
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While I'm breaking into a cold sweat trying to balance a tiny beet salad sliver on my fork, Meier notes that soup is the real royal food challenge. As Prince William and Harry both went to Eton, they likely learned what she calls the "Eton flick," a special way to eat soup that involves pushing the spoon away from you, slowly drawing it back up to your mouth and flicking the soup into your mouth – all while carrying on a conversation and remaining totally elegant. Oh, and while you're doing all this, remember to keep your elbows close to your sides, your knees and ankles together, your napkin perfectly placed on your lap (fold facing you, using only the inside to blot – not wipe – you mouth if needed) and holding your hands as far down your utensils and glassware as possible while eating. Otherwise, no big deal.
Posture Makes PerfectYes, you're sitting wrong too. First, sit up straight (but not pushing out your chest – a delicate balance for someone who is used to slumping over a keyboard all day), and don't let your back touch the back of a chair, so you are perched elegantly at the edge of your seat.
Never cross your legs, and instead simply keep your ankles and knees glue together. If your legs are getting tired or uncomfortable, you can cross your ankles, but keep both of your heels firmly on the ground.
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Put the Phone Away
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To learn more about Beaumont Etiquette, check out their website and follow Meier on Instagram @Mykameier.