In case Netflix hasn’t already suggested it for you, A
Christmas Prince is an original holiday movie starring
iZombie’s Rose McIver as Amber, an ambitious young
editor at a tabloid who gets a huge first writing assignment
because none of the reporters can be bothered to spend the two
weeks before Christmas in the country of Aldovia waiting to see
if misunderstood “playboy prince” Richard (Ben Lamb) will
abdicate the throne or follow in his late father’s footsteps.
It has most of the tropes you’ve come to know and love in
Hallmark’s princely Christmas originals: snowball fights that
prove the royal is down-to-earth, a heroine who has only ridden
a horse in Central Park before, a makeover that culminates in
an entrance down a grand staircase, and a proposal in the
street outside her blue-collar father’s establishment.
While A Christmas Prince comes with more holiday
decorations than your average Hallmark flick, it also features
a few more plot holes.
1. Why does the queen’s security suck?
After the prince’s press conference at the castle is canceled,
not only is Amber able to sneak back into the castle through an
open, unguarded door, but when a security person finally busts
her taking photos, he fails to notice that she has a press pass
around her neck. He hears her American accent and assumes that
she’s Martha, the new tutor for Richard’s, sister, Princess
Emily (Honor Kneafsey). Martha
wasn’t supposed to arrive until after New Year’s, but hey,
that’s OK, because no one at the castle has seen a photo of the
real Martha during a background check or anything, apparently.
At whatever cocktail party Emily invites “Martha” to attend, no
one notices her sneaking photos? Pretty sure she’d stand out in
that dress-and-turtleneck ensemble.
2. Why would the queen have invited Baroness Sophia
(Emma Louise Saunders) to spend the holiday at the
We find out later that Richard had genuinely cared for Sophia
once, but she sold a story to a tabloid. The queen would not
have been made aware of that? If we’re to assume that
social-climber Sophia, offscreen, had convinced the queen that
she’d been young and stupid and had changed, it does the
character of the queen an unfortunate
3. Why wouldn’t Amber have been more protective of HER
PASSPORT? OK, so maybe you think locking your bedroom
door is enough, but when you’re fooling THE ROYAL FAMILY, I’d
think you’d go the extra mile and, like, not leave your purse
with your identification on your bed while you’re out? And
let’s talk about those secret documents proving Richard is
adopted and not of the royal family’s bloodline. You’d probably
want to hide those too, especially before you answered a knock
at your bedroom door. And also maybe not tell your co-workers —
the ones who told you, “Where there’s a tiara, there’s dirt —
trust me”) — about them while you’re still deciding whether or
not you want to use them.
4. Where was Richard’s pillow? Yes, Richard
has the red carpet when he kneels during his first attempt at
a coronation ceremony at the Christmas Eve Ball, but it
wouldn’t offer much support…
…and doesn’t that pillow that Cousin Simon (Theo Devaney)
gets to kneel on later look awfully official?
5. What was this guy’s backstory?
I thought for sure that he was the secret service agent who
had been assigned to tail Amber all along (since the queen
was SO protective of her daughter with spina
bifida), posing as a weary passenger at the airport so
that he could then overhear Amber’s tearful confession of
regret to her father. But no, he was just a guy sleeping
prominently in this key scene.
A Christmas Prince is now streaming on
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