Meghan Compared Herself to This Disney Princess During Her Oprah Interview

"Oh my god, she falls in love with the prince and because of that, she loses her voice."

While Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey was filled with sad and shocking disclosures—including the duchess' stunning revelation that she considered suicide while pregnant—there was one relatively upbeat moment that briefly lightened the mood. Read on to find out which Disney Princess Meghan Markle compared herself to while talking to Oprah, and for more on the origins of this interview, check out The Real Story Behind Meghan Markle's Friendship With Oprah.

While visiting their new chicken coop filled with rescue birds (dubbed Archie's Chick Inn), Meghan told Oprah a story about how she unexpectedly found herself relating to The Little Mermaid shortly after her wedding. While watching the 1989 classic animated film, Meghan said she saw the Disney Princess as a kindred spirit.

"I was sitting in Nottingham Cottage and The Little Mermaid came on," Meghan recalled. "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, the duchess added brightly, "She gets it back in the end."

During the wide-ranging interview with Oprah, Meghan said she entered into the Royal Family "naively" and struggled with the royal motto of "never complain, never explain." She said she was told "to say nothing" about or to the press. The only acceptable answer to any question from the media was "no comment." The duchess said it was "liberating" to be able to speak her mind once again and "just be able to live authentically."

"I didn't fully understand what the job was, what does it mean to be a working royal?" she said, referring to growing up as an American. "What do you know about the royals? It's what you read in fairy tales." And for more revelations from the interview, check out Prince Harry Says the Royal Family Is "Scared" of the British Tabloids.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

Diane Clehane is a New York-based journalist and author of Imagining Diana and Diana: The Secrets of Her Style.

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