Princess Ariel of Denmark
Our reporters caught up with this petite, redheaded former fish at her annual wedding anniversary dance and charity banquet (her Royal Highness is not one to keep personal life and politics separate). She gave us a short interview:
It’s an exciting time for me, actually, since last year’s land-sea debates finally brought the Kind Fisheries legislation to the table. I also oversaw the formation of the MMCC (Man-Merman Cooperation Coalition)… and now there’s the pregnancy.
This is our first child. I know, I know; I’ve been married for ten years now. It took us a while to get pregnant though. Maybe that was because I got married so young (I was only 16, you know) or maybe it’s a reproductive challenge (related to my becoming a human). Some of the staff here at the palace are very superstitious, actually; they don’t say it to my face, but they’re worried about the baby, about whether it will be fully human. I’m not worried; I’ve been fine since the transition, and I trust my father’s magic. Prince Eric is fine too… or, at least, if he isn’t, he hasn’t said anything about it… ah! The Mer-People’s Choir is about to perform in the courtyard’s reflecting pool with the Marine Life Circus Group (they put on a fantastic show!), and I’m slated to introduce them. Must go!
Jasmine, Panguian of Agrabah
Jasmine has little time for interviews. Comments from the single interview she gave last year are reprinted here:
I guess I never really believed we’d see the whole world. I mean, the world’s a big place, magic carpet or no magic carpet. But still, I thought maybe we’d leave Agrabah once or twice. At least on our honeymoon. I mean, he’s a prince, right? That’s gotta involve a few diplomatic trips abroad.
And it did. But I got pregnant pretty soon after we got married (all that singing really gets him going), and we decided it wasn’t safe to fly pregnant. No seat belts on Carpet, you see. And then we always had the kids with us, and, well, you know how things get when you have kids.
I took over running things after that whole business with Jafar. Aladdin means well, but growing up on the streets didn’t teach him a whole lot about running a country. That was a fight, I tell you. He spent three whole days sulking in his quarters, sending Abu out for food. “You still think I’m just a dirty street rat,” etc. But he saw the light in the end, and he’s really a pro when it comes to raising the kids. I like to think that I’m setting an example for the country, you know? Feminism and all that. Burn your harem pants!
Belle of the Once-Enchanted Castle
We didn’t have to scramble for Belle’s thoughts and opinions; she writes a weekly editorial in The Provincial. The following are extracts from a response she wrote to the Ladies’ Historical Society, which requested a brief autobiographical statement about certain past events for its records.
…I was pretty caught up in the moment, actually. It wasn’t until later that I realized I didn’t even know his name. He was just so handsome, and I had been pretty concerned about the beast thing, even though I think I did a pretty good job keeping that inside.Of course, the next few months were busy—and they’re kind of a haze, to be honest—what with leading the mob back home, preparing suitable living space in the castle for the human-again staff, cleaning and restoring the castle to its former glory, and Gaston’s funeral. He was kind of a big deal, although the town found its routine again, without him, surprisingly quickly.
After the wedding, we moved Papa into the castle. I couldn’t leave him in that little house, surrounded by villagers who’d led a witch hunt for my husband. He was pretty determined to make a go of his inventions, and since we had the resources… It went OK for a few years, though to be honest with you I think people just felt bad for almost killing us all. After the business went under, Papa focused on helping the servants readjust to human life. He’s scatterbrained, but he has a good heart, and since he’s led a pretty isolated life himself, the servants relate to him.
As for our marriage, we’re doing great. We spend a lot of time together, but I always have the library if I need space. And when I’m feeling spicy, he still lets me call him “Beast”.
The other princesses (Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Pocahontas, and arguably Mulan) were unavailable for comment at this time.
By Stephanie Doig and Chloë Filson