The Little Mermaid(Photo: Screenshot - Disney Trailer)
Does Disney's remake of The Little Mermaid, which hits screens in the coming weeks, sting Princess Kate Middleton on behalf of her sister-in-law Meghan Markle? That's according to Page Six, according to a conversation with a person who watched an early screening of the film.
As you may recall, the film tells the love story of the mermaid Ariel and Prince Eric, based on the tale of Hans Christian Andersen. The remake of the film - one of the animation giant's biggest hits - aroused great interest and even a storm even before its release, after while the original main animated character was white, a black actress was cast in the new film. Now, in the eyes of that viewer, the love story between the white prince and the young black woman who is losing her voice was coarsely reminiscent of that of Prince Harry and Meghan, whose mother is African-American, and has often spoken out about the discriminatory and racist treatment she felt from the British monarchy. Previously, by the way, Markle herself expressed identification with the fictional character.
Moreover, in one scene, Prince Eric tries to understand the name of the mermaid, who is unable to speak. The names he guesses are Diana - the same as Harry's mother's name - and then Catherine, a name that repulses Ariel. To that viewer, it was an obvious sting to Kate. "It would be illogical to assume that this was an accidental choice of names," he said. Is it?
- The Little Mermaid