Anne Hathaway on the 5 important life lessons she learned from Julie Andrews

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Anne Hathaway on the 5 important life lessons she learned from Julie Andrews

“I was lucky enough to have learned from the best at the very beginning,” notes the Princess Diaries star.

It was the film that introduced us to the small nation of Genovia and the idea that anyone could secretly be a princess.

Now, almost two decades after The Princess Diaries hit cinemas all the way back in 2001, Anne Hathaway (that’s Mia Thermopolis to you), has paid homage to her on-screen grandmother, Julia Andrews.

In honour of the Queen of Genovia’s 83rd birthday, Hathaway took to Instagram to share the important life lessons she learned from Andrews during their time on set together.

“The importance of grace,” she wrote. “The knowledge that power is nothing without respect; Why one must have patience, positivity, perspective, manners, kindness, and humility Always, To everyone, (No exceptions).”

Hathaway continued: “The joy in treating people as a gift rather than a burden; How far choosing gratitude can get you…

If I know anything about any of this, It’s because I was lucky enough to have learned from the very best at the very beginning.”

Then, referring to Andrews as her “Queen Eternal”, Hathaway sent all of her love to the octogenarian actress.

The post comes just a year after Meg Cabot, the author of the book series the first Princess Diaries film was based on, has revealed in a new interview that the wheels are in motion for a third movie – and she’s even seen a script.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Cabot said The Princess Diaries 3 “could happen” and that if so, it would be “as a tribute” to director Garry Marshall, who passed away last year.

Pressed for further details (because fans need DETAILS), she said she was “not allowed” to discuss the plot (which says to us that it’s definitely happening, because you wouldn’t be banned from talking about nothing, right?) but that as far as she knew, the storyline wouldn’t follow the books – which means Hathaway is likely to remain the central star.

In 2015, Cabot published Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, in which orphaned 12-year-old Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison finds out she is Mia’s half-sister and thus part of Genovian royalty. A second book released last year, Royal Crush, follows Olivia as she steps up her new princess role because Mia is pregnant with twins.

“It’s really more following the movie than the books,” she explained. “The last version [of the script] I read, she definitely did not find out that she has a biracial younger sister […] which I personally would’ve thought was hilarious, but that was not the direction they were going.”

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.