Netflix is preparing to have a royal baby. Yes, the streaming giant’s flagship royal couple, first introduced in A Christmas Prince, are returning to the streaming service this Christmas, with the added sound of tiny feet.
Amber (Rose McIver) and Prince Richard (Ben Lamb) debuted on our screens back in 2017, as Netflix produced its first ever Christmas movie. That saw Amber, a journalist, travel to the nation of Aldovia to write about Richard, only for her to be mistaken for the tutor of the young Princess Emily (Honor Kneafsey).
“So cheerfully formulaic that resistance is futile,” we wrote in our review of the first film, which went on to become a cult hit among subscribers.
Indeed, what followed was a meet-cute destined for marriage, and The Royal Wedding followed in 2018, as the pair planned their nuptials – only to face the added challenge of the kingdom’s economic downturn.
“This once-charmingly braindead affair has become too sentient for its own good,” we wrote in our review of the sequel, which was met with a decidedly mixed reception.
Nonetheless, the royal franchise continues to power forward, with Netflix sharing “Some personal news” on Twitter this week, including a picture of the baby in question.
In A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby, Amber and Richard will host royals from a faraway kingdom to renew an ancient truce. When the priceless 600-year-old treaty disappears, peace between the two royal families is put in jeopardy and an ancient curse threatens their coexistence.
The film will be directed by The Royal Wedding’s John Schultz, with Alice Krige also reprising her role as Queen Helena. The film will be written by Nate Atkins, who wrote The Royal Wedding and co-wrote A Christmas Prince with Karen Schaler. The movie will, of course, be delivered this December.