One of the many dangers of being born royal - aside from death by boredom during her aunts' lessons - was the constant threat of abduction. As her mother was the queen of Alderaan and her father the queen's consort, to say they were wealthy and powerful was a vast understatement. When the seediest cretins came crawling out of the darkest corners of the galaxy looking for victims, Leia was a natural target for their greed. So despite feeling like there was something terribly unladylike about throwing large, sweaty men around on wrestling mats, her aunts agreed with her parents that self-defense needed to become part of her relentless princess training once she turned sixteen.
A New Hope - The Princess, The Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken