Mum earns £100 an HOUR to dress up as Disney princesses and even her children don't recognise her

A stay-home-mum who runs a 'professional princess' business now earns up to £100 an hour after stepping in to help at her friend's party three years ago.
Rachelle Douglas, 32, spends most of her time dressed in elaborate costumes and puts in around 35 hours of rehearsal time every week.
Her princess act is a full-time job and she confesses to spending hours watching the films over and over again to get her performance just right.
She reluctantly first put on a costume three years ago stepping in during a kids party as a favour for a friend but ended up falling in love with the characters.
Dedicated Rachelle then set up her own business, Make It Magical Entertainment 18 months ago and it has snowballed ever since.
She performs as Belle, Elsa and Ariel at 'princess parties' but under different names such as the snow queen and sea princess.
She became a professional princess by accident 
Rachelle from Gateshead, Tyneside, often visits poorly tots in hospital in full costume as part of her dedicated charity work.
The mum-of-four works around 40 hours a week with only five of those actually spent at parties -- the rest consists of mending and cleaning costumes, learning songs and rehearsals.
But the biggest chunk of her working week is spent studying Disney flicks -- perfecting the outfits, makeup and mannerisms.
Rachelle even ditches her Geordie accent while in character, instead opting for a self-taught American one she learned by watching videos online.
She said: "I must have watched Frozen a million times. Most of the time the kids think that I am a real princess. 
"When I first started out my kids believed I was the real Elsa. When they've seen me outside of character I always say it's a dress-down disguise.
"My kids did go along with it for a while but they clicked on eventually." 
Rachelle charges £50 for turning up in character to a party for 30 minutes. The average party usually lasts around two hours.
Even her own children think she was born in a magical castle 
She confesses to watching 
But business is booming and she has been inundated with bookings - with no sign it will slow down anytime soon.
However, there's a lot of prep involved and Rachelle spends an hour-and-a-half getting ready each time.
"I do spend quite a few hours every week rewatching things," she added.
"There are new films coming out like Moana so I've had to watch it quite a few times, at the minute it's the Greatest Showman.
"I do probably spend 30 hours a week just researching, restocking. I do have rehearsal time as well.
"I always say I live at the castle with all the other princesses. The castle will depend on which princess I am. There is a story for everything.
"I feel like I spend more time in character than not, even when I'm not dressed up I find myself doing the accent. I find it hard to work as myself.
She has turned her princess act into a full-time job, making children’s dreams come true 
The price of an average costume is around £250 
"I have to watch all of the films, we even copy the makeup correctly for each character. It takes a good hour and a half each time to get ready."
A friend bought Rachelle her first ever dress - a ball gown which mimics Belle's - to encourage her to start up the business on her own.
She has sourced her own since and told how the average price of a costume is around £250.
"Initially I had booked somebody to do a party for my kids, she asked me to cover a job for her as a princess and I wasn't too keen on doing it because I wasn't very confident," she added.
"I did it anyway and absolutely loved it. I started doing a few more gigs for her and then decided to start it up on my own.
"The best part about the job is putting the smiles on the kids faces. You do completely make their day.
"When you walk into the room, it is the best feeling in the world to see the kids' faces - it is actually magical.
"It looks like I'm charging an absolute fortune but that's not the case. Some of the gigs I do charge a lot of money for but I do far more charity work and free work which outweighs all of that."
Rachelle is fundraising for St Oswald's Hospice by trekking across the Sahara Desert later this year following a health scare which saw her undergo brain surgery in March.
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