By LUCY ORMONDE
When Zara Phillips was in Australia earlier this week, she told journalists the story of how she met her husband. It was 2003 and she was at Sydney’s Manly Wharf Bar with her cousin (Prince Harry, no biggie). Mike Tindall was sitting at the bar and, well, it “went from there”.
It’s the kind of story you wouldn’t mind sharing at the first meet-and-greet with the family. Not quite as romantic as ‘love at first sight at the Eiffel Tower in Paris,’ but definitely less awkward than telling your family that you met your soon-to-be husband when he bid for you in an online dating auction.
Because that’s something that could actually happen.
So. There’s this website in the US called What’s Your Price (dot com). It’s a dating site with a difference. And that difference is that the men pay women to go on dates with them.
The site describes itself as the “only online dating website where money can buy you love- or at least a first date.” Jezebel describes it as the World’s Worst Dating Site.
Users register in one of two categories – those who want to ‘Date Generous People’ (i.e. women wanting to date men with money) and those who want to ‘Date Beautiful People’ (i.e. men who have wallets full of cash). The Generous People bid to take the Beautiful People on a first date (we assume they pay for the date also) and the Beautiful People pocket the cash.