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By Andrea Peyser
May 11, 2015

Princess Charlotte a breath of fresh 'heir'

Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge is gorgeous. She’s got blue blood coursing through her veins. She’s 9 days old.

And, most importantly, she was born a royal feminist. Well done!

Let’s hope she uses her position wisely.

Britain’s newest princess came into the world at a London hospital on May 2, clearly delighting her luminous mom, Kate, 33, and her follicularly challenged dad, Prince William, 32. She even caused her big brother, Prince George, at 21 months old, to put aside his toys and practice his royal wave at assembled members of the media.

This cooing, gurgling bundle of love also has millions of people in Britain and all over the world smitten, overjoyed to witness fresh air swirling into the formerly dank halls of the crown.

And she accomplished something I thought I’d never see.

As she snoozed obliviously, she forced what looked like a tiny smile to crack on the face of her great-granny, Queen Elizabeth II, 89, who popped into Kensington Palace last week to visit the little one who has a shot at one day taking her place on the throne.

Princess Charlotte can’t possibly know this, yet, but she benefitted from a change in British law tailor made for 21st-century royalty. The Succession to the Crown Act 2013, passed by Parliament, nuked rules that have long held a stranglehold on the royal family.

Unless she converts from Protestantism to Catholicism or Judaism (or any other religion), the law ensures she will not be skipped over on the road to the throne, even if Mummy and Daddy produce a younger brother or more.

She will not be ignored.

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth DianaPhoto: AP

Her lovely mother emerged from St. Mary’s Hospital with her baby girl in her arms hours after her birth, camera-ready with her hair and makeup perfectly done, wearing high-heeled Jimmy Choo pumps and a floral dress by British designer Jenny Packham. This sparked jeers from some who believed a woman who had just given birth should look gnarly in yoga pants and a ponytail.

Her sunny appearance even spawned conspiracy theories in a Russian newspaper, which quoted women as insisting that Charlotte was born to a surrogate mom, or that the baby presented as a newborn was actually several days old.

Plus, the infant princess’ knit bonnet was quickly revealed to be on her head backward. Horrors!

Ten hours old, and already a wardrobe malfunction.

But then, there’s the well-crafted name.

Charlotte is a feminine version of her granddad’s name, Charles. Charlotte is also the middle name of her mom’s sister, Philippa “Pippa’’ Middleton, 31. In addition to honoring the queen, Elizabeth is the middle name of her maternal grandma, Carole Middleton, 60.

And her other middle name, Diana, brings me great joy.

The queen’s relationship with the woman who divorced her son was as frosty as the Prince and Princess of Wales’ marital bed. Yet Queen Elizabeth is said to have approved giving her great-granddaughter a middle name honoring Prince Williams’ mom, who died in a Paris car crash in 1997 at age 36, never to experience the joy of meeting her granddaughter.

I can think of no more fitting tribute to the late Princess Diana, a loving, flawed woman who in life suffered from eating disorders and depression only to rise triumphantly from under the feet of a family whose members tried to destroy her spirit. Her beauty and strength already are evident in Princess Charlotte.

I believe this baby will grow into a feminist in the best sense of the word — equal to, and as capable as, any male. Born into privilege, this princess will earn her keep.

It will take great gumption to prevail over the haters who would bash her mother just for looking good. The kind of trolls who would judge a princess on superficialities.

Welcome, little one.

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