The film originally had a completely different title.
Well, hold on to your crowns PD fans, because the author of the series, Meg Cabot, has just revealed a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes secrets about the film:
At the moment, most people know that Whitney Houston product the film. But, what they probably don't know is that she signed before the book was even published!
The original movie title was supposed to be Princess of Tribeca…
… but it was renamed when director Garry Marshall amended the setting of the film from New York to San Francisco, to get closer to her granddaughters.
Speaking of which, her granddaughters actually had a cameo in the film – the twins played the little girls who asked for Mia's autograph!
The part where Mia's mother started dating her teacher was based on real life. After Meg's father died, her mother later married one of her teachers, which inspired her to write The diary of a princess in the first place.
Meg initially thought Mandy Moore had been chosen as Mia …
… and she didn't meet Anne Hathaway until Anne recorded the audio book for The diary of a princess.
Speaking of Caroline Goodall who played Mia’s mom, checked in a version too!
Sometimes they used a robotic replacement for Fat Louie, because the real cat couldn't stand still. Typical cats!
The iconic "SHUT UP!" line was not in the books …
… and the letter Mia reads from her father, who was written just for the film by screenwriter Gina Wendkos.
Gina and Meg both wanted to the tiara Fat Louie wore for their respective cats, but none of them could keep it.
At the premiere, Meg filled with tears when the Genoese national anthem was sung because they paid someone "to write the national anthem of a country that I invented!"
And finally, the strangest question that Meg asks herself about the film has to do with this corndog *, LOL.
So many juicy treats from such an iconic movie! What's your favorite princess calendars moment? Tell us in the comments!
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