In a bit of conveniently timed, yet surely well-planned bit of marketing, Netflix has announced a sequel to A Christmas Prince. The sequel, titled The Royal Wedding, which is already in production in Romania, will likely arrive this winter, similar to the release strategy implemented for the first holiday flick. However, the company no doubt saw the opportunity to capitalize on the actual royal wedding taking place between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this weekend.
Netflix announced the sequel by releasing a brief teaser on Twitter, which features the cast of the first movie sitting around watching the actual wedding between Prince Henry and Meghan Markle. They then boast that the world will actually be invited to watch this wedding when A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding this winter. Here's what the streaming service had to say about the movie in their announcement.
"Hear Ye, Hear Ye. Ms. Amber Moore and His Royal Highness Prince Richard of Aldovia kindly request the honor of your presence at their royal wedding later this year."
A Christmas Prince centers on a reporter goes undercover as a tutor to get the inside scoop on a playboy prince. She gets tangled in some royal intrigue and ends up finding love and ultimately helps her prince secure the crown. The sequel is said to follow the pair a year later as the two are set to tie the knot in a royal Christmas wedding. However, their plans are jeopardized when Amber (Rose McIver) finds herself second-guessing whether or not she's cut out to be queen, and Richard (Ben Lamb) is faced with a political crisis that threatens to tarnish not only the holiday season but the future of the kingdom.
The first movie found a massive audience on Netflix and drew comparisons to a Hallmark original movie. Despite that, it's become something of a new holiday season favorite, even if it is something of a guilty pleasure for a chunk of those who watch it. Alice Krige is also returning alongside Rose McIver and Ben Lamb for A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding. Netflix actually found themselves in a bit of hot water following the release of the first movie by revealing some data on some of their users, even though it was meant to be a joke.
"To the 53 people who've watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: Who hurt you?"
John Schultz is directing the sequel, stepping in for Alex Zamm, who helmed the first movie. It's unclear why Zamm didn't return. The script comes from Robin Bernheim and Nathan Atkins, who also co-wrote the first movie with Karen Schaler. Netflix is set to release A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding later this year, but no specific release date has been set. Be sure to check out the first teaser for yourself below. This was previously reported by The Hollywood Reporter.