Leeds nostalgia: Five year old wanted to be a princess

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Here’s a picture of ballet dancing five-year-old Leila Ballentyne, who said in 1988 she was determined to be a princess.

To prove it, she even wrote a letter to Prince Harry (five at the time), offering to marry him.

Her father, Adrian Ballentyne, was a warden at Lyddon Hall on the Leeds University campus.

He said: “Leila makes no bones about it, she is determined to be a princess. She is a lovely daughter but if we ever have to tell her off she warns us that we will not be able to talk like that to her when she is a princess.”

Remarkably, her letter to Buckingham Palace, generated a reply, which came from the Princess of Wales’s officer and said that both she and Prince William were touched by the proposal.

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