It seems Disney’s remake of The Little Mermaid contains more than just the beloved storyline of 1989 classic, with a movie critic revealing the film appears to take a swipe at Kate Middleton.
Disney has remade the original screenplay into a live-action adaption, which will hit cinemas in Australia later this month.
A critic who saw an early screening of the new film has spilt the tea about one scene in particular.
Speaking exclusively to Page Six, the insider described a conversation between Prince Eric and Ariel, played by Halle Bailey, after the young mermaid gained her legs by sacrificing her voice to Ursula.
“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,” they told the publication.
“His first guess is Diana.”
The critic went on to explain that Prince Eric’s second guess was “Catherine”.
After Ariel gave a rather displeased and disgusted reaction, Prince Eric reportedly said, ‘Ok, definitely not Catherine.'”
The Princess of Wales’ sister-in-law Meghan Markle, has previously compared her life as a royal to King Triton’s youngest daughter.
During the Sussex’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021, Meghan explained how she could relate to Ariel losing her “voice” after she fell in love with the prince.
“I was sitting in Nottingham cottage and The Little Mermaid came on,” she told Winfrey during the CBS Primetime Special.
“And who as an adult really watches The Little Mermaid? But it came on and I was like, ‘Well I’m here all the time I might as well watch this,’ and I went, ‘Oh my God she falls in love with the prince and because of that she loses her voice.'”
Meghan then told Winfrey: “But in the end, she gets her voice back.”
Coincidentally, the Duchess of Sussex also narrated a nature film called Elephant for the entertainment giant’s Disney+ streaming platform.
In July 2019, Disney announced that Bailey, 23, would play the role of Ariel in the adaption of the animated classic.
Earlier this year, a short trailer of the film with the actress singing “Part of Your World” was unveiled by the American mass media giant.
The clip quickly gained traction on social media, with some fans ecstatic that a woman of colour was playing Ariel.
However, other fans were not so thrilled about the character’s new look and believed the role should be played by a white actor.
The Little Mermaid, directed by Rob Marshall, will open in Australian cinemas on May 25.