Viewers gripped by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey took to social media Sunday night to ask 'who is Ursula the evil sea witch' after the Duchess of Sussex compared herself to The Little Mermaid.
Meghan, who revealed she is expecting a girl in the summer, told the talk show host she had an epiphany when she watched the Disney movie and saw parallels between the character Ariel and her own life since meeting her real-life prince.
In the tale, mermaid Ariel meets a human prince and falls in love but, in order to be with him on land, she makes a deal with the sea witch Ursula to give up her life in the sea and her voice in exchange for three days as a human.
In the end, the sea witch is defeated, Ariel gets her voice back and is changed into a human permanently so she can live happily ever after with her prince.
'I was sitting in Nottingham cottage and The Little Mermaid came on,' Meghan said in a clip of her, Oprah and Harry in 'Archie's Chick Inn' coop where the chickens they rescued from a battery farm reside.
'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.'
'But in the end she gets her voice back,' she added.
Meghan Markle and this damn Little Mermaid metaphor.— kyle a.b. (@kyalbr) March 8, 2021
She too damn good at this.
They absolutely picked the right fucking one. pic.twitter.com/u9psT8owhC
Oprah said: 'And this is what happened here. You feel like you got your voice back', to which Meghan replied: 'Yeah.'
Meghan later told Oprah that her and Harry's love story has been 'greater than any fairytale you've ever read.'
People took to social media reacting to her comments with some asking if Meghan was calling the Queen the villain in the real-life saga while others mulled a future acting role for the former Suits star.
'I am the adult woman who watches The Little Mermaid, Meghan,' one person wrote, in reference to Meghan laughing at adults watching Disney films.
'But point made. Who is Ursula the evil sea witch in that analogy, though?'
'If Meghan was the lil mermaid, who is the Ursula who took her voice? There is a specific name and I want it!' another added.
'Meghan lowkey just compared the Queen to Ursula,' joined in another.
Another person added: 'Yeah, interesting analogy. Meghan may not have intended it, but now I can’t help but picture the Queen as Ursula.'
One person wrote that they were 'rooting' for the Disney villain: 'Lmaooo that was so f**kin embarrassing. You a grown ass woman, Meghan. Never mind that we were all rooting for Ursula, goofy ass.'
Others suggested Meghan could be a good fit for a future remake of the movie.
'Disney remake the little mermaid (2021) starring meghan markle challenge,' one person tweeted.
'I like to think that Meghan talking about 'The Little Mermaid' was really her just hinting that she'd like to join the cast of the live action movie!!' another tweeted.
Meghan: “Who as an adult watches The Little Mermaid?”— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) March 8, 2021
Many viewers shared memes of their reactions to the comparison.
'When Meghan realized she was the little Mermaid is definitely in my top 5 favorite television moments ever!!' one person tweeted.
'Meghan Markle and this damn Little Mermaid metaphor. She too damn good at this. They absolutely picked the right f**king one,' said another.
'Omg Meghan IS Ariel from the Little Mermaid #OprahMeghanHarry,' one person wrote.
Another added: 'MEGHAN MARKLE IS THE LITTLE MERMAID. WOW.'
Meanwhile, several others hit back at the duchess's suggestion that adults do not watch The Little Mermaid.
'Yes, adults do watch the little mermaid. I am adults,' one person wrote.
'Meghan: 'Who as an adult watches The Little Mermaid?' Me, having watched it just one week ago...,' added another.
In the bombshell interview, Meghan accused the Royal Family of having 'concerns' about 'how dark' Archie's skin would be before he was born because she is mixed-race and Harry is white.
The Duchess of Sussex also described her 'pain' that officials had denied him the title of prince and accused Buckingham Palace of failing to protect their son Archie by denying him 24/7 security.
Meghan refused to say which royal had the conversation with Harry about Archie's skin colour, claiming it would be 'damaging' to the person in her husband's family who raised it.
And in an extraordinary Meghan was on the verge of tears as she had suicidal thoughts and told Oprah: 'I don't want to be alive anymore'.
In the most extraordinary royal interview in decades, Meghan also revealed in her Oprah interview that the Duchess of Cambridge made her cry before she married Harry - but insists she has forgiven Kate who bought her flowers to apologise.
The interview aired first in the US on Sunday night despite protests it should be put on hold while Prince Philip - Harry's grandfather - recovers in hospital from heart surgery.
The same week, Buckingham Palace launched a probe into allegations Meghan bullied Kensington Palace staff, drove out two PAs and inflicted 'emotional cruelty' on aides.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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