Before biting a poison apple only a true love's kiss could cure, she was doing just fine. Taking care of seven dwarfs on her own and making friend with animals of the forest. No need for any man, and happier than ever. She even had fun baking them the dwarfs their own special pies with their names on them and cleaning before they arrived home. Typical house wife? Maybe. Keep in mind this was the 1930's.
Cinderella was a poor girl who had lost her father at a young age, and was stuck with an evil step mother. That didn't keep her spirits down. She had made friends with the pets, and even the mice! She enjoyed herself and her cleaning as it was an everyday thing. The birds came to wake her and she'd meet new mice friends as they got trapped. It was only until she had the privilege to attend a fancy ball and fell in love that she was able to escape the bitch of a step-mom's house and coincidentally happen to become a princess.
Ariel didn't need a man, she wanted legs. The man just happen to come along with the package. Thanks to the creature of the black lagoon who took her damn voice and made the deal to go find love in order to keep her legs. Therefore it wasn't really her fault she was dependent on Eric. She just luckily found him dreamy as well.
Jasmine damn well didn't want a man, and didn't need one. She ran away from the palace and found Aladdin along with love. In fact, she protested the fact of getting married before her next birthday. She was probably the most independent princess of them all. Very fierce attitude, I love her!!
Belle comes in second place when it comes to most independent princess, aside Jasmine. She was hung up in her books and could care less about the "hunk" Gaston or anybody else who crossed her way. Of course, she was still a beautiful kind young lady. It wasn't until she was trapped into a dungeon with a huge mess of a spell that she found love...with a beast. Such a kind hearted girl.
These are just a few examples.
Who's your favorite Disney princess?