Royal wedding gets Disney treatment on the Web
May 12th, 2011
06:33 PM ET

Royal wedding gets Disney treatment on the Web

Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton had all the elements of a fairytale, and some have created Disney comparisons to prove it.

A side-by-side image of the now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their wedding day and a shot of Prince Charming and Cinderella has become just as popular as images from the real-life April 29 ceremony. The image has clearly been doctored, as the original Prince Charming has dark hair and was wearing a light-colored jacket, but even without the touch-ups they bear a few similarities.

William and Kate's wedding day kiss – which was more of a peck, but whatever – also apparently looks a lot like the smooch “The Little Mermaid’s” Ariel shared with Prince Eric.

And although there wasn’t an evil sea witch or stepmother bent on ruining Kate’s walk down the aisle (thankfully!), every fairytale has to have a villain or two and in this case….well, the Internet has handed those roles to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

The two women, who sparked plenty of chatter thanks to their creative fascinators on the day of the wedding ( Princess Beatrice is currently selling hers on Ebay for charity), have been compared to Cinderella’s mean ugly stepsisters more than once.

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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Lance Dale Phillips

    I'm related to the King of England. And I think that it is great that they got married.
    Lance Dale Phillips

    May 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dee

    Clearly, the cartoon prince should have been photoshopped as balding.. get it right graphers!

    May 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. palintwit

    Here's some baby name suggestions from Sarah Palin for when they start a family...Fargo, Spatula, Trigturd, Pinworm, Bristol, Mudflap, Wheezer.

    May 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sonas76

    Wow, the person who re-colored these is obviously new to Photoshop. Cinderella's hair looks terrible.

    May 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sue

    Who honestly cares if the pictures are photoshopped or not. Hopefully this lovely young couple have a long and happy marriage just like in a fairytale. Best wishes to them.

    May 16, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. minnie thu

    The farytale is happy ending.

    May 15, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff

    Has everyone forgotten the "Royal Prophecy Of Doom" ?

    May 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Maurice

    Who cares if Walt Disney was "anti-semitic" or not. If you found out he was, would you all the suddenly hate Disney World and all the Disney movies and memories you have of growing up? Exactly what is "anti-semitic" anyway? Someone who doesn't like Jews? Aren't Arabs and Arameans semitic too? But we cannot let people know that because they might ask "Then why are all those Arabs who are anti-Isreali always being called anti-semitic, if they are semitic too?" A sure compromise of the state conditioning we all get from the corporate controlled media

    May 14, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Camille Toe

    Ugh, I can't believe these stupid photos have gone viral. At least 5 of my friends posted this on Facebook in the last few days. They've been heavily photoshopped; the original Disney photos bear no resemblance to the royal wedding. I can't believe people are so gullible.

    May 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Farticus

    Belly button lint gives me a semi. Especially if I'm eating pudding.

    May 13, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nancy

    The wedding march reminds me of the Sound of Music

    May 13, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MS

    Part of me hopes that the world really does end on May 21. Then at least I wouldn't have to put up with this "news" anymore.

    May 13, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rose

    Actually for anyone that has watched Cinderella knows that Cinderella (in the Disney film) starts off as a brunette. Once she marries Prince charming she turns blonde.

    May 13, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sandy

    Oh, who comes up with this stuff...too funny.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rain

    Was this planned? Gotta laugh, how funny.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Chris

    Slow newsday, CNN, when you have to give attention to a bad Photoshop image?

    May 13, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • GM

      My thoughts exactly. These images were funny via Facebook but on CNN?? They really must have nothing better to do.

      May 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Peace

    Tracy Hayes- LOL, good one !!!

    May 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Tracy Hayes

    Wow, they have doctored those photo's up to make them fit. Kind of like Fox news does with its "news"

    May 13, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  19. msyellarose

    I am laughing hysterically right now 😀 I thought that Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice looked exactly like Drizella and Anastasia from Cinderella the moment I saw them. I see I wasn't the only one!

    May 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Josh

    Both of these images are heavily altered. That first one is not even an image from Disney's Cinderella, and the second has had the colors manipulated to match the photo. What a waste.

    May 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Dante A. Bacani

    It turns out that "Cinderella" isn't the only Disney movie to foreshadow the news figures of the Apr. 29-May 1, 2011 weekend:

    May 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  22. John – shopped from the original but nice work

    May 13, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  23. sunsohot

    I was quick to notice the photoshop on Cinderella and the prince, but I laughed out loud when I saw the wicked step-sisters! OK, so the colors were changed a bit, but the hat styles were not and I thought it was hilarious!
    And since the only royalty we have in this country are the Disney princesses and their true loves, it makes sense that we think of British royalty as "Disney-esque".

    May 13, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  24. Samantha

    Pearl chokers were popularized by Queen Alexandra, wife of Edward VII, who thought her neck was un-attractive. According to Dame Barbara Cartland, ironically, one of the reasons Charles would not give up Camilla was because Diana didn't like the "pearl necklace".

    May 13, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  25. Jannynet

    Doesn't anyone see the humor in this? Life imitates art....or is it the other way around. Those princesses looked absolutely ridiculous and have a very strange style. I love the Disney "thing"!

    May 13, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  26. Nseari

    kind of love this

    May 13, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  27. Pat

    Interesting that Disney added the black collar to Kate's neck. They also put collars on Eugenie & Beatrice.
    It appears that, in Disneyland, a woman's place is with a collar on her neck.
    Makes me wonder what other 'knotty' animations were ar ar ar ar ar ar arar ar ara rara ar ar

    May 13, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • AngieS

      Those aren't "collars" they are supposed to be choker necklaces. Such jewels were very poplar at the time in which the story is set as it was thought that they called attention downward – if you know what I mean! – in order to better display a lady's "assets". Still pretty funny, though... 🙂

      May 13, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      "Knotty"? Do you mean "naughty"? Or are you talking about sailor's knots or trees or something?

      May 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  28. penelope

    Always thought that Beatrice and Eugenie look like the stepsisters from Cinderella. The color of their dresses isn't what make them look alike but the fascinator hats certainly help! Also, as soon as Kate and William stepped out of the church they reminded me of a Disney royal couple, again it's not the color of his pants or of her hair, just the overall effect.

    May 13, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  29. hellobubbles

    That's funny but the stepsisters dresses were not blue and pink in the original Disney movie. They were fushia and olive green I believe.

    May 13, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  30. unowhoitsme

    Disney...anything for a buck.

    May 13, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  31. Mr. Ed

    Hey Vee!!! where are you girl? daddy is calling!

    May 13, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  32. tl.dixon

    hhmmm...truth is stranger than fiction...

    May 12, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  33. liz

    LOL Its funny but obviously changed

    May 12, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  34. me too

    yeah. folks should be nice. hope everyone really is having a super wonderful and happy evening.

    May 12, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  35. mysticyat

    The need to belittle and categorize seems to be very mean, spiteful, manipulative and petty to me......

    May 12, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  36. kutie


    May 12, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Ted

    She could get french fries AND a coke !

    May 12, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Ted

    That Princess Beatrice is tooooo wonderful. She needs to get married to me. She could watch all the tv she wants and get anything on the value menu !

    May 12, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Cindy

    *had* been real.

    May 12, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Cindy

    The picture of the stepsisters has been doctored too. Those aren't the same color dresses as were in the actual movie. This would have been funnier if it hadn't been real. The fact that it was photoshopped kind of ruins the irony, doesn't it?

    May 12, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anex


      I don't ever really comment on these stories.. but as this was floating around with my friends the other day I thought the same thing. ALL of it has been photoshopped.. Cinderella's hair, the prince's clothes and hair.. the step-sisters' dresses and hair color too. So much so that it's not even as fun anymore.

      It's even more annoying when people are like "oh my god yes!" when it's doctored to fit the situation. If you find it funny that it was doctored to match ok, yeah it's clever.. but if you think it was that way first, well you fail to see the bad photoshop job on Cinderella's hair and the prince's pants.

      May 13, 2011 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Nelson

      I agree, I saw it on FB and thought it was amazing due to the color similarities. But since there really isn't any other similiarities other than color, it really looses it amazing status when you figure out the colors have been edited.

      May 13, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Blake

      It isn't irony.

      May 13, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      Just becase they might be photoshopped doesn't mean squat, they are still funny and this is a tongue in cheek story, not to be taken seriously. It is a cute story to read when there is so much ugly news, this is a refreshing cute story that hurts nobody.

      May 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jilli

      I's not funny at all when you see the actual pictures. Lame.

      May 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vesstair

      There are more similarities than just the colors. The composition of each of the pictures are very similar- would you have as much of a problem with it if they had taken all the pictures and changed them to black and white? They would look just as similar.

      Remember- your argument is "it's not at all similar because they decided to wear different color dresses".

      May 14, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Kleineganz

      You are confusing coincidence with irony.

      May 17, 2011 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
  41. Rachel

    haha I love it~

    May 12, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Bryan

    That's so funny!

    May 12, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meadowoman

      Totally agree. Hilarious! Meaning the pix of the stepsisters. Ah ah ah =0). And, William and Kate, their wedding was like a fairytale. Couldn't see two more sweet people I think. Just love them. <3

      May 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Superhiro

    Dang... that's kinda creepy.

    May 12, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristin

      It's not creepy. The photos have been altered. The article said so, itself. Look at the animated picture: since when is Cinderella a brunette and Prince Charming a blond?

      May 13, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike in NYC

      Kristen – if you read the article they say that the pictures are doctored. They even provide links. However, the only changes are the coloring ... that's part of the point of the article. The pictures even when un-doctored look and awful lot alike.

      May 13, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristin

      Mike, I take it you failed English. You can't even spell my name correctly when it's right in front of your face? Seriously? Go back to school.

      May 15, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • What the F

      Kristin (I actually looked at your name) you're right about the pic being doctored. The actual uniform that Prince Charming wears is white, and he has brown hair.

      May 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Walt Disney

    If your name ends with Stein,you were'nt invited.

    May 12, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Finkelstein

      Walt – names that end with stein...Please don't tell us that you think Disney was anti-Semitic?
      That's a foolish notion dismissed many years ago by the Jews who worked for him.

      May 12, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • qjew

      well i am a finkelstein and i for sure was not invited – but i also don't dismiss disney's anti-semitism... i know plenty do but i will hold out for awhile on that rumor. here is one argument supporting both of our cases, "That's one of the questions everybody asks me," Neal Gabler said, " 'Was he an anti-Semite?' That's out there. My answer to that is, not in the conventional sense that we think of someone as being an anti-Semite. But he got the reputation because, in the 1940s, he got himself allied with a group called The Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, which was an anti-Communist and anti-Semitic organization. And though Walt himself, in my estimation, was not anti-Semitic, nevertheless, he willingly allied himself with people who were anti-Semitic, and that reputation stuck. He was never really able to expunge it throughout his life."

      May 14, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Meadowoman

      I'm sorry, but will you people get over it. This is about a couple and a silly analogy to a bloody childrens fairytale. Can we not visit an article that is light-hearted and sweet? And not have to read you martyrs and political positioners? Go Will & Kate!

      May 14, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |

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