Study Guide

Prince Steffan in Princess Academy

By Shannon Hale

Prince Steffan

Oh, Prince Steffan… the apple of so many girls' eyes. He's a royal prince and a catch to be sure, but is he really that different from any other boy? When Miri first sees him, she's struck by how incredibly normal he seems:

Steffan shrugged, then sighed, and his hard, princely demeanor slid off. For the first time, Miri saw an eighteen-year-old boy who could be confused like any other person. (18.59)

In the end, he doesn't seem all that special to any of the girls except for Britta—who is the only girl who truly loves him for who he is.