Well, this is certainly controversial!
The upcoming live-action version of The Little Mermaid is just days away from premiering to the world. Fans of the 1989 animated film are gearing up to see the new and extended version that is set to premiere on May 26, 2023. Prior to its theatrical release, the film has been shown at invited premiers around the world. Guests of these premiers have begun to share details of the film, some of which are quite shocking.
Recent reports from early viewers suggest the film will cause quite a controversy in the royal family over an unsavory comment about Kate Middleton.
Shocking Reports From ‘The Little Mermaid’ Premier
The Walt Disney Company is known for keeping itself out of gossip and celebrity drama. However, reports from The Little Mermaid Premier have left some feeling quite suspicious about Disney’s intentions. According to Page Six, a reviewer who attended one of the early screenings was caught off Guard by a slide remark made in the film. The scene in question happens when Ariel is meeting Prince Eric on land. The reviewer explained to Page Six;
“Ariel has sacrificed her voice in order to get to the surface and [meet] Prince Eric. She can’t speak so he tries to guess her name, His first guess is Diana. His second guess is Catherine, but after [Ariel gives a disgusted] reaction, he [concludes] ‘OK, definitely not Catherine.’”
Is This a Mistake?
The reviewer and many others see this moment as a clear jab at Kate Middleton, probably due to the ongoing drama between her and Meghan Markle. In the past, Markle has compared herself to Princess Ariel. In a CBS special, she explained that she empathizes with Ariel because; “…she falls in love with the prince and because of that she loses her voice.”
While it is unclear if Disney meant this as an insult or if it was just an unfortunate accident, it will definitely be enough to cause a stir when the film hits theatres. The live-action The Little Mermaid, which stars Halle Bailey as Ariel, Johan Hauer-King as Prince Eric, and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, will open in theatres on May 26, 2023.