You grew up reading about him, watching movies about him, fawning over cartoons of him. He was chiseled, dark, mysterious, chivalrous, confident. 

Then you grew up. 

The thing is, Prince Charming is a figment of the imagination of little girls, right? Well, yes and no. As a senior matchmaker at a high-end consultancy, I’m not going to tell you that putting in that little extra effort on Tinder will miraculously find you a dragon-slaying hunk with a mansion and a cowlick hairstyle. What I can tell you, though, is that women have a tendency to overstate what exactly they are looking for, and look for men who simply aren’t there. However, with a little rethinking – and perhaps a slight curtailing of that vivid imagination – you might be surprised at where and how you find your real-life prince. After all, Meghan Markle doesn't have to be the only one.

Rachel MacLynn is the Founder and CEO of The Vida Consultancy, an international, award-winning matchmaking consultancy with offices in NYC and London. They use a combination of assessment-driven character profiling and psychological principles to bring together perfect matches.

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