We were on holiday, in Switzerland, and a grand hotel refused to let us have a drink in their bar.
Less coy is my friend Charlotte, 52, an artist; proud to admit that her romantic relationships have been defined by Daddy.
“I was the pretty little blond-haired girl, after three boys,” she says, “which for my father was quite special.
Dr Andrew agrees: “Involved, interested, encouraging, respectful” fathers profoundly affect their daughters.
This is certainly the story with the 36-year old single daughter of a close friend.
But I’ve always regarded the man in my life to be totally trustworthy, and I’ve never had problems.” Dr Linda Nielsen – psychology professor at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, and author of Between Fathers and Daughters – agrees that the dynamic of this fundamental relationship reverberates throughout women’s lives.