Petition to make Princess Leia an official Disney princess passes 100k signatures

By Joe Nerssessian, Press Association

A petition calling for Star Wars’ Princess Leia to be named an official Disney Princess has passed 100,000 signatures.

The campaign, launched following the death of Carrie Fisher who portrayed Leia, calls on the movie company to do away with its rule that official princesses must be animated.

It asks for the Walt Disney corporation to hold a full ceremony inducting Leia as the newest princess alongside a memorial service for Fisher.

Launched by Star Wars fan Cody, the Change.org petition reads: “This would be a wonderful way to remember Carrie and a welcoming to one of Disney’s new properties that is beloved by millions.”

It comes following the release of Fisher’s final outing as Leia in the latest film of the franchise, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Fisher’s Leia also appears in all of the original three Star Wars films as well as 2015’s The Force Awakens.

The actress died on December 27 2016 aged 60 after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

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