A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding is a 2018 American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by John Schultz from a screenplay by Robin Bernheim and Nathan Atkin, based on characters created by Karen Schaler. The film stars Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Sarah Douglas, Alice Krige and Tahirah Sharif. It is a sequel to the 2017 film A Christmas Prince. It was followed in 2019 by A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby.
|A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding|
|Directed by||John Schultz|
|Produced by||Amy Krell|
|Music by||Zack Ryan|
|Edited by||Marshall Harvey|
It was released on November 30, 2018, by Netflix.
One year after the events of the first film, Amber and Richard are still happily engaged. At Christmas time, Amber and her father, Rudy, travel to Aldovia to plan Amber's wedding. Amber continues to blog about royal life with Richard.
Amber becomes overwhelmed with the dictatorial traditions of royal protocol and lack of control over her own wedding, which is controlled by the flamboyant designer Sahil and Mrs. Averill, as Richard struggles with the failing implementation of his Aldovian economic revitalization program, the New Aldovia initiative, which is mysteriously hemorrhaging money from the monarchy as unemployment and low wages afflict the increasingly discontent populace. To assist in the economic efforts, Queen Helena brings in Lord Leopold to assist Richard, as Leopold had been planning aid efforts with Richard's late father. Meanwhile, Simon, impoverished due to his divorce from Sophia, also returns to beg to be brought back into the palace; a resentful Richard reluctantly accepts, as Simon is family.
Amber and Richard's relationship grows strained as Richard becomes increasingly distracted with royal demands, and Amber refuses to kowtow to Mrs. Averill's strict guidelines. After Princess Emily's play is cancelled due to a strike by governmental workers, Amber hosts the play at the palace. While the move was well-received, Amber becomes furious when Mrs. Averill takes down posts from her blog about the affair due to their casual nature, and is further enraged when Sahil and Mrs. Averill demand she remove her locket (containing her late mother's photo) for a royal portrait.
After receiving a bitter Christmas card from an unemployed worker, Amber investigates the royal finances with her friends, who have come to celebrate her wedding. She learns that the New Aldovia initiative has been failing because a group of new companies has been outbidding local workers and taking the money out of the country. During a paparazzi ambush, she's saved by Simon, who wants to help investigate the economic issue. With Emily's help, the group hacks into a site that the shell companies are owned by an association, Glockenspiel Consortium. Mrs. Averill confronts Richard and Amber over paparazzi photos of Amber at a bar while investigating, and Amber admits to the sleuthing. When Richard fails to defend her against Mrs. Averill, she storms out. Richard admits his failings as a fiance to Emily, and after finding Amber, the two reconcile.
During a royal celebration, where Helena gives Amber the blessing to have the ceremony she wants, the group reveals that Glockenspiel Consortium is owned by Leopold, who is accosted and thrown into the palace dungeon. Richard gives a Christmas address that promises holiday bonuses to all Aldovian workers, and the populace celebrates. Richard and Amber finally marry in a ceremony that blends tradition with modernity, and everyone celebrates as Richard and Amber leave to share a private kiss.
- Rose McIver as Queen Amber
- Ben Lamb as King Richard
- Alice Krige as Queen Helena the Queen Mother
- Honor Kneafsey as Princess Emily
- Sarah Douglas as Mrs. Averill
- Theo Devaney as Count Simon
- John Guerrasio as Earl Rudy
- Andy Lucas as Mr. Zabala
- Simon Dutton as Lord Leopold
- Katarina Čas as Chef Ivana
- Richard Ashton as Mr. Little
- Raj Bajaj as Sahil
- Tahirah Sharif as Melissa
- Joel McVeagh as Andy
- Billy Angel as Tom Quill
- Tom Knight as Prime Minister Denzil
- Claudiu Trandafir as Drunkard
- David Broughton Davies as Ernest Mason
- Razvan Gheorghiu as Pastor
In May 2018, it was reported that John Schultz would direct a sequel to the 2017 film A Christmas Prince which would be distributed by Netflix. Alongside the initial announcement, it was confirmed that Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, and Alice Krige would reprise their roles in the film. Principal photography began in May 2018 in Romania.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 47% based on 15 reviews, and an average rating of 5/10.
A third film, titled A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby was announced by Netflix in March 2019. The sequel will premiere on December 5th, 2019.
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- "First look at 3 new Netflix holiday movies, including A Christmas Prince sequel". Entertainment Weekly. October 17, 2018.
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