After 2016 claimed Carrie Fisher with its dying breaths, fans around the world began their plan to immortalize the star even further by petitioning to do something that was joked about ever since Disney purchased the rights to Star Wars: make Princess Leia an official Disney Princess.
The petition, which is hosted on Change.org, states that, “After the tragic loss of Carrie Fisher, we feel that it is only fitting for Disney to do away with the rule that an official Disney princess must be animated and make Leia a full-fledged princess. This would be a wonderful way to remember Carrie and a welcoming to one of Disney’s new properties that is beloved by millions…What we are asking is that the Walt Disney Corporation hold a full ceremony inducting Leia as the newest Disney princess as well as a special service in memory of Carrie Fisher.”
However, things are not as simple as swaying Disney executives, which isn’t that simple to begin with. While many of the Disney Princesses were based on real-life actresses, with Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty even being created through the use of rotoscope, there is still the issue of the legality of using someone’s likeness as a character, and Fisher’s family could always sue.
What’s more, Leia (while technically a princess) always embodied more than the typical princess and making her an official Disney Princess could be seen as insulting to the character. At least, that’s some of the criticism that’s been waved around when the move was brought up.
To be fair, though, if we are going according to Disney Princess logic here — the sequels never happened.
Finally, we mustn’t forget what is truly important to those currently running the late Walt Disney’s legacy: money! $weet, glorious dinero! Bring on the ducats! As it might not be economic to split or combine the two franchises, princess or general, Leia might just stay the leading lady of the Star Wars franchise.