Life may not be a fairytale, but those of us with daughters feel we’ve been blessed with a princess.
When our daughter was little, she went through a phase of loving pretty frilly princess dresses which made her feel like royalty.
Nowadays, at the age of 11, we’re lucky if we see her in anything other than leggings and a T-shirt but we still affectionately call her our “little princess” ... even though she now towers over me.
Having a twin brother, she’s been used to having joint birthday parties with activities such as bowling, laser questing or a trip to the cinema.
However, when she was younger, she attended a number of princess-themed parties and all the little girls beamed with joy at dressing up as their fairytale heroines and feeling like princesses for a few hours.
We all want to give our children dream days to cherish – but it seems if you’re David and Victoria Beckham, you can go one better by taking your daughter to a tea party at Buckingham Palace.
At the tender age of six, Harper Beckham doesn’t have to play at being a princess – she got about as close to being one with her pre-birthday celebrations at the palace dressed in her Frozen princess gown. She even got to meet a real-life princess in the form of Princess Eugenie.
David and wife Posh Spice have provoked a furious backlash after posting photos of their daughter’s royal encounter on social media.
Angry parents say why should the Beckhams get special treatment just because they’re rich and famous and that it cheapens the image of Buckingham Palace by making it a playground for the wealthy.
Others have questioned whether their own children are entitled to a right royal birthday bash, too, or say they wouldn’t mind if it was poorly or deserving children who were invited to the palace.
David Beckham has clarified the event wasn’t for Harper’s birthday but a tea party for her and a few school friends.
And palace sources say the party was hosted by Prince Andrew so the refreshments would have been funded privately rather than from royal expenses.
As a parent, I can understand the feeling of wanting to give your children the best you can and memorable experiences to treasure in their hearts.
Unlike some, I’m not gripped with jealousy or bitterness and don’t feel the need to engage in some Beckham-bashing simply because they have pots of money.
And if they were invited to the private palace party by a friend in the same week as Harper’s birthday, then fair play to them.
Let’s face it, Harper Beckham was never going to have her party in a Wacky Warehouse or McDonald’s was she?
What I do object to is the delusions of grandeur of Posh and Becks. We are talking about the couple who sat on gold thrones at their wedding.
All parents want to give their children the world – but you’ve got to keep them grounded in reality.
It’s the Beckhams’ “if you’ve got it, flaunt it” attitude that riles people and it’s all rather vulgar and garish.
There’s only one slight hint of envy I feel ... can you imagine the contents of a royal party bag?