Carrie Fisher and J.J. Abrams talk Leia in The Force Awakens in the latest from Entertainment Weekly. On what she is now:
“She’s referred to as General,” says director and co-writer J.J. Abrams. “But … there’s a moment in the movie where a character sort of slips and calls her ‘Princess.’”
It’s pretty heavily implied that the slipee is Han, naturally.
Meanwhile, Fisher describes Leia as “solitary. Under a lot of pressure. Committed as ever to her cause, but I would imagine feeling somewhat defeated, tired, and pissed.”
We first learned Leia’s new title in the prologue of the book Moving Target, but this is the first time it’s been explicitly mentioned to the wider audience.