If watching Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding play out like a real-life Noughties rom-com (and then, of course, watching the Lifetime movie that attempted to give their romance the small screen treatment, complete with an unnecessarily villainous Kate Middleton) didn’t sate your appetite for royal-related viewing material, then Netflix is coming to your rescue with the promise of a new original movie, The Christmas Switch.
Though the project has only just been announced, we’re already assuming that the film will be this year’s answer to A Christmas Prince, a piece of defiantly low-budget, low brow festive fodder that became an unexpected Internet hit upon its release last year. But don’t get the two confused, because they have very, very different (read: not really that different) plot points. While A Christmas Prince sees an American rookie reporter go undercover in the generic European land of Aldovia (it shares a border with Genovia, we can only assume) to break a story on a misunderstood playboy Prince who – spoiler alert – she falls in love with, the plot of The Christmas Switch hinges around a totally different case of mistaken identity. When a commoner realises she looks just like a Duchess, the two apparently hatch a plan for a Parent Trap-style ‘switch’ that allows them to swap lives – and, inevitably, end up falling for men who don’t know anything about their real identities.
As if this couldn’t get any better, the commoner-Duchess will be played by High School Musical’s own Vanessa Hudgens (who we hope is taking on both roles, Lindsay Lohan style), while her love interest will be played by former Nashville star Sam Palladio. Given the pair’s shared musical pedigree, all we can do is cross our fingers for some song and dance numbers.
While an exact release date is yet to be confirmed, an Instagram post from Vanessa – featuring a still showing her and Palladio posing in front of a giant wedding cake wearing generic royal wedding regalia – reveals that we can expect it to drop in ‘holiday season’ later this year. And just to make matters even better – or more confusing, depending on your point of view – Netflix will also be releasing the sequel to A Christmas Prince, imaginatively titled A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding. Who needs Love Actually re-reuns?
How did Prince Harry's wedding compare to Prince William's? Look back at both events in the gallery below...
William and Kate
THE FIRST GLIMPSE
Kate headed to Westminster Abbey with her father, Michael Middleton, giving royal-watchers a glimpse at the long sleeves and lace detailing of her wedding gown.