The internet is having a field day with the new royal baby’s name. Though the newborn Prince Louis (pronounced LUU-EE) is fifth in line for the throne, people have already made the connection between him and the orangutan King Louie from Disney’s The Jungle Book. Predictably, this has resulted in a lot of love for the animated ape lord, who is not actually a character in the Rudyard Kipling book.
In the Disney version of The Jungle Book, King Louis is the leader of the primates and hopes to learn about the power of fire from Mowgli. He’s a fun character and an orangutan, which is slightly curious given that no orangutans live in India. Neither do chimpanzees, which also appear to be featured in the film. But, no matter, the primate honcho has a memorable name.
So he could be King Louie!? #RoyalBaby
— Nick Hilton (@nickfthilton) April 27, 2018
People shouldn’t get too excited about the idea of a real-life King Louis though. Prince Louis is fifth in line for the throne. So his father, grandad, and two older siblings would all have to die or walk away from the thone entirely for that to happen. So the likelihood of a King Louis anytime soon is extremely low. The slim chance hasn’t stopped people from looking into the potential connection though. After the name announcement, Google searches from people looking to connect the names picked up too.
— GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) April 27, 2018
Many of the people searching for the name were specifically asking how it was pronounced — it would have an “s” in America. In fact, the Jungle King pronounces it correctly. Presumably Disney’s most famous orangutan is French on his mother’s side.